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I am a Canadian writer-director based in NY. I recently graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a joint concentration in Film and History & Literature. I strive to harness the capacity of 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'm particularly interested in telling stories around diasporas, migration, identity, and human resilience.

My 2021 doc, 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, and screened at several other festivals across Canada/the US. My 2023 doc,
 MAMA OF MANYATTA (which has so far screened at the 2023 Pan African Film Festival, Essence Film Festival, and Zanzibar International Film Festival, with a Special Jury Mention) follows an 
extraordinary woman fighting HIV and gender-based-violence in a Kenyan slum. My 2023 undergraduate thesis film was INSIDE JOB, a fictional film revolving around an Indian housewife, African domestic servants, and a jewelry theft in 1970s Nairobi; the film received the Harvard Film Department’s Arnheim Prize for most outstanding interdisciplinary undergraduate project. I am currently in development for my first feature film.

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