Fatma Riahi studied cinema and television technologies in Tunisia. Her first short film, Mashghoul [Busy], was her graduation project in 2008.
She worked as a producer/director on short documentaries in Tunisia. In 2011, Fatma made a mid-length TV documentary, Tunisia... The Revolution Continues, which was about the Tunisian revolution. In the same year, she joined Al Jazeera Media Network as a producer in the Production Department. In 2015, she started working on her first feature film, A Haunted Past, which was nominated in IDFA 2018 for the first appearance competition. It was also viewed in the special selection in Hot Docs 2019, RIDM 2019, COSTARICA Festival International de Cine 2019 and the Durban International Film Festival. A Haunted Past won ANHAR Award for the best human rights film 2019 at KARAMA Film Festival – Amman and The Bronze Tanit in JCC (Carthage Film Festival) 2019. Fatma is working now on her second long feature: My Father Killed Bourguiba.