Deeyah Khan

Deeyah Khan

Literaty Agent

Deeyah Khan is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director and founder of Fuuse, a media and arts company that puts women, people from minorities, and third-culture kids at the heart of telling their own stories.

In 2016, she became the first UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity.  She has received many honours for her work supporting freedom of expression, human rights and peace including the Ossietzky prize, the University of Oslo’s Human Rights Award and the Peer Gynt Prize from the Parliament of Norway.

Born in Norway to immigrant parents of Pashtun and Punjabi ancestry, Deeyah’s experience of living between different cultures, both the beauty and the challenges, shapes her artistic vision. Her 2012 multi-award winning documentary Banaz: A Love Story chronicles the life and death of Banaz Mahmod, a young British Kurdish woman murdered by her family in a so-called honour killing.  Deeyah’s second film, the Grierson and Bafta award-nominated Jihad, involved two years of interviews and filming with Islamic extremists, convicted terrorists and former jihadis.

One of Fuuse’s recent initiatives, born of Deeyah’s own experiences, is sister-hood, a digital magazine and a series of live events spotlighting the voices of women of Muslim heritage. Deeyah has also produced a number of critically acclaimed albums, including Listen to the Banned, a compilation that brought together musicians from around the world who have been subject to persecution, censorship and imprisonment.

The focus of Deeyah’s work and access to voices that are often overlooked and misunderstood has led to increasing demand as a speaker at international human rights events and platforms including the United Nations. She was described by The Times of London thus: “To say Deeyah Khan is an inspiration is an understatement. She is one of the bravest, most indomitable women… facing down bullies and extremists with intelligence and unflinching spirit.”

Deeyah Khan @Deeyah_Khan

Extreme listening is what Muslim filmmaker @Deeyah_Khan did when spending time with white supremacists for her documentary. The results were profound and we talked about how we could use it in our lives. This is…A Bit of Optimism.

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When Hawa was eleven years old, her mother had a difficult and painful pregnancy, miscarried, then became deathly sick, haemorrhaging constantly. Hawa became determined to dedicate her life to saving women and children.

Despite the complicated nature of Shukri Abdi’s death and the unsettling details that surround it, her drowning has garnered little national attention and almost none, internationally.

Right. I’m going to show my ignorance here. This algorithm that graded A level results, how does it not breach the GDPR regs on profiling? Individuals have been profiled & a decision made which significantly affects them, based purely on algorithm with no human intervention 🤷🏻‍♀️

with a day comes another day

As she took her final gasps, the last thing she heard was Child One laughing at her.

Great episode of @simonsinek's podcast receiving @Deeyah_Khan . Highly recommended.

Hawa Abdi: gynecologist, writer, peace activist and Nobel Prize nominee

sister-hood publishes the work of women of Muslim heritage. Please get in touch if you have something to contribute!

Throwback because this was also cool (and wanted this as my pinned tweet) 💁🏽‍♀️🙂

We are extremely sad to learn about this #HonourKilling case in Erbil.

This is why our work in raising awareness & training professionals on HBA is so essential.

Belarus election: Women form ‘solidarity chains’ to condemn crackdown

Equality, Freedom, Justice, Dignity and Inclusiveness for all!

sister-hood publishes the work of women of Muslim heritage. Please get in touch if you have something to contribute!

Everyday we wake up to one gruesome murder of a civilian.This is so painful to us as mothers. When will this come to an end? Someone should hear us somewhere. We are in pain
@UN_Cameroon @Farida_N @whatthewomensay @CameroonPm237 @sanambna @SenJaffer @Snwot4 @paultasong

It is about treating the life and death of Shukri with the same care and attention that is afforded to white, British girls.

#Belarus women peacebuilders

@whatthewomensay and #WPS #UNSCR1325 colleagues please spread the word about women's fundamental role in these protests, both as political leaders #Tsikhanouskaya #Kolesnikova and as civilans!

There was one member of the family who was the most religious, the most ‘pious’; a self-styled ‘religious scholar’. My oldest aunt, my father’s sister, having read innumerable religious books, claimed to know better than everyone else.

Listening is one of the most underrated tools we have if we want connection, community, and understanding to replace tribalism, racism, and violence.

Brilliant stuff from @simonsinek and @Deeyah_Khan, a Muslim who listened to white supremacists.

Loving these podcats @simonsinek but this one ... wow!! Thank you. Thank you @Deeyah_Khan #inspire #hope #listen