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

'Self-appointed male community and religious leaders have done more to maintain the status quo and guard orthodoxy than to think of the well-being of women and children in their communities' – @Deeyah_Khan

This reminded me of @Deeyah_Khan film about the far right - she spoke to people who want forced deportation. This is who they are & what they want. https://t.co/iE9N1mjTMK

Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns.
@Deeyah_Khan @TrueFactsStated https://t.co/X0i9TtGETr

FREE MAN: Corey Atchison, who served 28 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, walked out of an Oklahoma prison after a district judge dropped the charges.

"I can't hold no grudge," he said. "Life's too short." https://t.co/RWy2qPEHmQ

Londoners stand in solidarity with Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has now been transferred to an Iranian mental health ward & denied contact with her family. The Government must everything possible to secure her release so she can return home. #FreeNazanin

Tucker Carlson, a man who once called people from Iraq & Afghanistan "semi-literate literate primitive monkeys," brought someone on his show to claim that everyone is a "person of color," claiming Tucker has a "nice color" and he is a "pleasing pink."

Trump’s attacks on 4congresswomen of color aren’t just racist; they’re a deliberate attempt to stifle their freedom of speech and bully them into silence. https://t.co/EzQCMeQNkr

“The most unsettling part was how much data FaceApp was sending to its own servers, after which … who knows what happens. It’s not just your own face that FaceApp might gobble up — if you age friends or family members, their face gets uploaded, too.” https://t.co/o3NzloMhAB

At least three Turkish diplomats killed in shooting in Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil - security officials via @Reuters

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

My friend 👇👇❤️ - what a privilege to have you in my life @Deeyah_Khan https://t.co/ijsiF5vEqC

I recently watched the documentary and it is brilliant. https://t.co/s51eMckKgO

Finding him was never an issue. He operated freely and was highly visible. He has been arrested and released many times over. @POTUS shd immediately fire whoever gave him the wrong information. @StateDept @SecPompeo https://t.co/RWFONNAdSF

‘When I made this film I expected to come across horrible views – what I was not prepared for was any of them [neo-Nazis] to tell me I was considered a friend’

– @Deeyah_Khan, a Muslim filmmaker on her experiences making ‘White Right: Meeting the Enemy’

Whenever Johnson or Farage go about fishing rights, or the white cliffs of Dover, or Churchill and the War - what they are doing is playing through the Cambridge Analytica tested tropes of Steve Bannon. This is the English (and I use the word advisedly) of 'Build the Wall' https://t.co/LLNumcYLSo

Congrats to @sanambna and @rosanderic on this excellent piece emphasizing the critical role played by local civil society
The silo problem: Connecting the UN’s efforts to promote sustainable development and prevent violent extremism https://t.co/FpqlkqbY9h via @BrookingsInst

Fox and Friends hosted Glenn Beck in 2009 when he called then President Obama a racist https://t.co/Dozw7L9D38

I bit my tongue in response, calming myself down with the chronically hopeful mantra I repeat about how it won’t always be this way, because one day, I’ll pack my bags and leave. https://t.co/zVfMiblMz2

The War Whisperers, Their Successful Iraq War, and the Targeting of Iran https://t.co/o4XZ0NFCGd via @lobelog

👇👇😊 I'm lost for words @jonsnowC4 -my longtime superhero posting my piece. TU! 🙏🙏 https://t.co/J5nYYdGNG6