Basma Khalifa

Director and Film maker

Basma Khalifa is a Sudanese multi-disciplinary creative currently living in London and raised in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Across all her creative outlets from her work as a Director, Filmmaker, Writer and Fashion Stylist, Basma believes in creating and telling stories about and for the under-represented youth of our generation. Basma speaks to cultures, heritage and sectors within society which she feels mould our future. Her work seeks to empower creatives and encourage others to explore their identity. 


Basma is perhaps best known for fronting her BBC3 Doc ‘Inside the real Saudi Arabia…and Why I had to Leave’. She has also filmed regular features on The One Show and Vice. Over lockdown, Basma has directed two projects – one for Facebook centred around Gen Z and another for Apple in collaboration with the Mayor of London. Basma hosts the 'Unpretty Podcast' which unpacks the deeply ingrained perceptions of beauty in society through the lens of black and non-black people of colour, guests include Yasmin Evans, Vick Hope and Munya Chawawa. In November 2020, Basma hosted Ecologi’s global environmental conference, It’s Time. Basma is currently working alongside BBC Studios, to develop further documentary projects.