Deeyah Khan is a music producer, composer and Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director whose work highlights human rights, women’s voices and freedom of expression.
She is the founder and CEO of the production company Fuuse, which creates works in the intersection of art and activism, as well as the co-founder of the Honour Based Violence Awareness Network, an international digital resource centre working to advance understanding and awareness of Honour Killings and Honour Based Violence.
Born in Norway to immigrant parents of Pashtun and Punjabi ancestry, the experience of living between different cultures, both the beauty and the challenges, dominates Deeyah’s artistic vision. Aged eight, Deeyah was immersed in a music career usually reserved for those three times her age. At 13, she signed her first recording contract. At 15, she released her solo debut. Her success led to difficult confrontations with more Orthodox Muslims, whose threats eventually made it too dangerous to continue.
Deeyah directed and produced the Emmy award-winning documentary Banaz: A Love Story about Banaz Mahmod, who was murdered by her own family in London in 2006 in a so-called honour killing. The film screened at the UN in New York in May 2014. Her second and most recent documentary film, Jihad: A Story of Others, was nominated for a prestigious BAFTA Award. Deeyah will deliver a new film in September.
In 2016 Deeyah was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity.
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