Psychology. Theology. Painting. Cinema. Theater. Writing. Sociology and social research. Gender studies. Storytelling. You describe yourself as a multi-hyphenate creative, but really, who is Fatima Albanawi? What dream have you been pursuing since you began to understand the world in general, and Saudi Arabia in particular? What are you building?
You may notice that everything you mentioned above either involves humans or their stories. For me, it is integral to understand the story, to be able to understand the human, and it is equally integral to understand the story, to be able to understand the human. Whether I begin from story or from human, it doesn’t matter. I ultimately care to understand to be able to develop, and no, I am no psychologist.
You dig everywhere; you drive in all directions, without a seatbelt, freer than any eagle, with an unquenchable thirst to learn, then to transmit and to share. Where does that come from, what was the trigger, how did you understand that you are, and always will be, a smuggler of culture, of arts, of beauty, and of tolerance?
I have a child’s imagination that I don’t let go of. But I do wear a seatbelt by the way; especially in the wildest decisions I have taken.