Deeyah Khan

Deeyah Khan

Literary 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

Powerful documentary and a MUST-SEE by everyone. @Deeyah_Khan thank you so much for your excellent work and it’s obvious why it is award-winning! https://twitter.com/Deeyah_Khan/status/1521860556847734786

In 2020 I made the film America’s War on Abortion.

During filming I met Alex, raped by two men. Overturning Roe vs Wade means Alex would have been forced to give birth against her will.

In solidarity with US women, I have made the film available for free https://youtu.be/DvaDLRYKWW0

The attack in Copenhagen this evening has left several wounded. It is investigated as terrorism while the motive remains unknown. The arrested perpetrator was a 22 year old Dane according to local news.

Several people have died in Copenhagen shopping mall shooting | AP News https://apnews.com/article/shootings-denmark-copenhagen-e5670b98e4b604da265028614652cbd3

This is worth a watch. ❤️💔❤️‍🩹 https://twitter.com/Deeyah_Khan/status/1521860556847734786

.@Fawziakoofi77 : "Afghanistan is suffering from multidimensional problems. From humanitarian crisis to human rights crisis, to political crisis.
The situations of women and girls in Afghanistan are very unique and dire"
@Deeyah_Khan @AlinejadMasih

The plight of journalists like Rana Ayyub exposes the failure of big tech to tackle threats and harassment, especially against women:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/01/twitter-online-violence-journalists-rana-ayyub?CMP=share_btn_tw

Some incredible filming and focus on the key messages that help us better understand some of the issues that might lead individuals to choose a path of hatred & violence - and how to respond to that https://twitter.com/Deeyah_Khan/status/1538930373396250625

another incredible documentary by deeyah khan https://twitter.com/deeyah_khan/status/1521860556847734786

R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for federal sex crimes.

Another sexual predator who operated in plain sight & was protected by people who share some of the culpability

I really appreciate all of the supportive messages since the @RedTableTalk episode was released last week.

So many of you have been asking about ‘White Right Meeting the Enemy’ so we have decided to make it available for a limited period on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rxP4B374Os8

It is hard to explain the emotions that well up each time we hear that another #Afghan partner has been accepted for settlement in #Germany. Immeasurable thx to @GermanyDiplo & extraordinary people working there - for humanity & keeping promise to protect #peacebuilders.

Was just discussing this w my editor & the value of Art in recording loss to a culture—when the World forgets; it’s victims don’t— part of healing is remembering, reliving
“The challenges that face us a human family, are so great, that we are not in a position to discount anyone” https://twitter.com/Deeyah_Khan/status/1541772515931996160

Completely agree. Limiting funding for Arts and Humanity courses by Tory government is huge cause for concern. Artistic expression in all forms has been a formidable force in conveying free thinking, human experience and changing peoples perceptions out with media control. https://twitter.com/Deeyah_Khan/status/1541772515931996160

Art is not a luxury or only for profit, it is essential for our inner & outer freedom as human beings. It’s a core part of our humanness.

I recently learned that the UK government is slowly reducing funding for arts & humanity courses. This is such a sad & ill-informed decision.

A major gathering of Afghan tribal elders and religious scholars which begins today could discuss the Taliban’s decision to bar girls above the age of 12 from going to school.
@Deeyah_Khan @Zarifa_Ghafari @HabibKhanT
https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/south-asia/afghanistan-taliban-loya-jirga-girls-education-b2110949.html

@Deeyah_Khan I’ve loved your work for quite some time. And once again, I wholeheartedly agree. I think that artists ad Nina Simone said ‘reflect’ the times. In a myriad of ways. Through Art and story we both dive deep into the heart of humanness, and reach for our best selves https://twitter.com/Deeyah_Khan/status/1541772515931996160

Trump KNEW the Jan 6th insurrectionists were armed & didn’t care because “they weren’t there to hurt him”

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel". --Maya Angelou