Born in Khartoum, Mia Bittar is a Sudanese/ Lebanese independent filmmaker. After working in New York and London as an editor, turned director and producer, she returned to Sudan in 2008 and started travelling the country shooting documentaries. Al-Jazeera Witness commissioned her first documentary film Darfur Plays. Since then Mia has sought to tell stories about Sudan that present a different narrative to that in the mainstream media, with a strong focus on women’s voices – both on and off-screen.
In 2012 she started a production company producing TV commercials, short films and documentaries and in 2016 Mia partnered with Sudanese producer Alyaa Musa to create Black Balance, a women-led Sudanese independent film production company.
Mia’s first short fiction Iman screened at international festivals including Festival cinémas d'Afrique Lausanne, Middle East Now Film Festival Florence, CineAfrica Sweden, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, L’Institut du Monde Arabe Paris, Human Rights Film Festival Geneva, Luxor African Film Festival, as well as Westpoint Military Academy and Skolbio Sweden for educational purposes.
She recently completed her second short Almaz, currently being submitted to festivals. Mia has also trained filmmakers and facilitated participatory film-making processes in South Sudan and Somalia.
Creative Producer Indaba 2022–23 participants
Taking place at the Atlas Workshops (Marrakech International Film Festival) and IFFR 2023.