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

Final day of editing. Will be announcing my new documentaries tomorrow which I cant wait for you to see.

@ITV @itvpresscentre @Fuuse

I look forward to a day — soon I hope — when I will never hear from this con man again.

“Women peacebuilders take on great risk to themselves, their efforts to transform the conditions in conflict areas puts them personally at risk.”-@phumzileunwomen at @gnwp_gnwp @irishmissionun #WPSin2020. See ICAN's brief "Protecting Women Peacebuilders":

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Hi Twitter friends,

Looking to connect with Social Workers/Teachers/Nurses who are aware of Honour Based Violence & passionate about implementing it in their duties.

Please get in touch.


We'll be sharing full details tomorrow... stay tuned!

Final day of editing. Will be announcing my new documentaries tomorrow which I cant wait for you to see.

@ITV @itvpresscentre @Fuuse

Today’s dark satire - 👇🏼

I am a perfect example of someone who lived with normalised sibling-on-sibling violence, and who has experienced gang culture. What was missing in my life was education delivered in a way that I could understand and engage with.

'Being an online ally to black women is so important,' says activist ⁦⁦@seyiakiwowo⁩ | Marie Claire

A great initiative by Loujain al Hathloul family.
This website is solely dedicated to the continuing fight for her freedom. Saudi Arabia should release all the women rights activists who are in their Prison for fighting for basic rights.

Victims are the managers of their lives, and they understand their perpetrator’s behaviour patterns.

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

My characters were Muslim women, yes. And they fell in love with other women. But crucially, the conflict was never between our heroine and Islam, or a male familial embodiment of the religion.

None of the biggest nuclear-armed powers including U.S.and Russia signed on to treaty--

in fact, U.S. sent to signatories calling on them to withdraw!


#Pakistan #DefendPressFreedom

Domestic abuse is something I have lived with for most of my life.

As #MeToo and other movements to expose sexual violence have revealed, silence around rape only helps the perpetrators. It isolates women who desperately need solidarity and to hear stories like their own.

No words for such cruelty. #Cameroon #Womenpeacebuilders like @ClotildaAndien @Reachoutreo @NRoscaline + many more working relentlessly to stop this madness via @AJEnglish

On #UNDay , @Refugees calls for protection&assistance to millions of children without a home.

We hear you.

#consistentpartner 🇳🇴🇺🇳