Rungano Nyoni was born in Zambia and raised in Wales. She graduated from Central St Martins with an MA in Acting. She has made a number of shorts including BAFTA Cymru winner The List and BAFTA nominee Mwansa the Great, as well as written the Locarno Golden Leopard winner The Mass of Men.
She was selected for the Nordic Factory where she co-directed the short Listen which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight and qualified for an Oscar. In 2013, Rungano participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence programme.