Shamim and Hanan are a power couple who is breaking stereotypes and enlightening the world through their work on diversity and inclusion in the film industry. Shamim and her wife are long-time advocates for the rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community. Writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and director for film and TV. Her new book, The Athena Protocol, is a feminist thriller as the first in a Young Adult series. Shamim’s most recent feature as writer/director is Despite the Falling Snow, her first feature, ‘I Can’t Think Straight’ won 11 awards. An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Hanan Kattan is a serial entrepreneur and a successful film producer who produced 5 award winning movies based on her wife’s novels; with Shamim she is a member of BAFTA and Women in Film. She was selected as the UK producer for the 2015 TIFF Producers Lab.
Watch this interview where they open up about the difficulties they faced to produce their award winning movies. In this episode we are talking about coming out, discrimination, diversity and much more.
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