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

The Gates Foundation is honoring India Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being a "Sanitation leader."

His human rights record is anything but sanitary, and includes inciting violence against Muslims, Dalits, and Sikhs in India.

Gates should reconsider recognizing Modi.

I was inspired by South Africa: by their ability to forgive, reconcile and avoid a descent into violence. I thought, if they can do it then why not others? https://t.co/4SMKWqjqM4

Take a moment to follow #AdiosModi.

You will see Muslims, Dalits, Sikhs, Christians & others protesting Modi’s atrocities. You will hear from Kashmiris who haven’t been able to call home for 50 days.

The scars of Modi’s fascist agenda are here for the world to see.

The Chinese government has declared Islam a "Mental illness," and has forced ~ 1.5 million Uighur Muslims into concentration camps.

And much of the world, including the Muslim world, remains silent.

(Image: Guang Niu/Getty) #China.

On #InternationalPeaceDay, ICAN celebrates women #peacebuilders stopping violence & reconciling communities worldwide. Join us in supporting their critical work: https://t.co/oSTuHOmcjH
#StandWithWomenPeacebuilders @UN_Women @NorwayUN @CRbuildpeace @UKUN_NewYork @pcdnetwork

Does anyone think that Pres Sisi's usual response--arrest the protesters--is going to quell Egyptians' outrage at the massive corruption that viral videos have shown among Pres Sisi and his military. https://t.co/7oOK0aISlS

‘For her loudest detractors, she also represents something else: the sight of their impending obsolescence hurtling towards them.‘

https://t.co/3SNEaOZzMK

"Trump and Modi are...both authoritarian leaders who intimidate and exclude marginalized communities, chill the free press and champion fake news and propaganda to whitewash their atrocities."

Must read by 21 year old Houstonian @sarahephilips #AdiosModi

https://t.co/2X47pb0bsS

She made her first flight in 1931 whilst she was still in her early 20s. https://t.co/kaRHyE3d8P

#KashmirBleeds_WorldSleeps https://t.co/JiBdYiqi5O

Echoing Mohammed Ali’s videos about El-Sisi’s corruption, an Egyptian woman tells the camera: “Why is he living in palaces while we eat from dumpsters?”

The government of the United States has just announced a lawsuit over my memoir, which was just released today worldwide. This is the book the government does not want you to read: (link corrected) https://t.co/JS1AJ6QlXg

How the white nationalists who love Trump found inspiration in the group that gave us Narendra Modi https://t.co/0zzhHuvgJT by @mehdirhasan

"Say it, do not fear, the traitor must leave!" Sisi is being called a traitor out loud in Egypt's streets. He can no longer convincingly spin this as "Muslim Brotherhood" (even though he'll surely try). https://t.co/TQB0PGygTn

“I used to think that being bilingual is what made me a writer, but more and more I see it’s deeper than that. It’s the constant act of interpreting.”

https://t.co/BJHiPY4NFe

So sick of this shit.

"The 50-year-old, who has worked as a ministerial advisor in Oman and now runs a street food stall in Manchester, said the men screamed 'speak f***ing English' at the victim as they punched him and stamped on him." https://t.co/PP1wxB3zwI

With the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Tommy Robinson, the Windrush scandal, May’s ‘Go Home’ vans, and her ‘hostile environment’ the promotion of expressions of ‘Britishness’ isn’t as innocent as it is made out to be. https://t.co/NGMe0s9wq3

'I'm often told by people that talent doesn't exist in minority communities – and that's bullsh*t. The talent is there, the opportunities are not.' – @Deeyah_Khan

Happy International Peace Day everyone💪🏼💪🏼living every day & never too small to make a difference
https://t.co/6TI37bXwhV - can the 2019 #PeaceDayChallenge be that we oress our leaders to end their damn wars & make every day a #PeaceDay

Greta Thunberg: "Why should we study for a future that is being taken away from us?... Some people say we should study to become climate scientists or politicians, so that we can, in the future, solve the climate crisis. But by then, it will be too late. We need to do this now."