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I am a Calgarian filmmaker (director & writer) and student at Harvard College majoring in Film and History & Literature. I strive to harness the capacity of both fiction and nonfiction films to amplify social justice issues and drive cultural change. As a Muslim woman and daughter of East African Asian immigrants, I am particularly interested in telling stories about diasporas, migration, and identity.
My 2021 documentary, LONG DISTANCE, about migrant workers at an Albertan meat plant won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Alberta Short Film at the 2021 Calgary International Film Festival, in addition to screening at several other festivals across Canada and the US. I recently finished editing MAMA OF MANYATTA (premiering at the 2023 Pan African Film Festival), a short doc about an extraordinary woman fighting HIV/AIDS and gender-based-violence in a slum in Kisumu, Kenya. I am currently editing INSIDE JOB, a short fiction film about an Indian housewife and a Black domestic servant in 1970s East Africa. I am also writing a coming-of-age feature film script about a college student who moves back in with her South Asian immigrant family in Canada, which I developed through the Ghetto Film School x PictureStart Discover Your Voice Fellowship.
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