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Naz (working title)

Fall Grants 2017 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Omar El-Khairy, Ana Naomi de Sousa / Feature Documentary / Palestine, United Kingdom, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Music, Sports, Biography, Islam, Fashion, Creative Documentary

Synopsis

One of the most successful and entertaining sporting icons of the 1990s, Naseem Hamed’s unique position as a second-generation British Arab with mass appeal resonated deeply with an under-represented Arab community in Britain and beyond, as well as with a new generation in the Middle East, all coming of age at a similar time. ‘Naz’ explores the tension between Hamed’s near-cult status within certain communities, and the ambivalence of the British nation-at-large, which never really took him to heart.

Credits

Director
Omar El-Khairy, Ana Naomi de Sousa
Screenwriter
Omar El-Khairy, Ana Naomi de Sousa
Producer
Elhum Shakerifar

About the Director

Omar El-Khairy is a playwright and screenwriter, and holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A former Leverhulme Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre, his plays include ‘Burst’, ‘Sour Lips’, ‘The Keepers of Infinite Space’, ‘The Chaplain: or, a short tale of how we learned to love good Muslims whilst torturing bad ones’, and ‘Homegrown’. His work is published by Oberon Books. ‘No Exit’ (2014), his first short film, had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival. His new short film, ‘White Girl’, is currently in production.

Ana Naomi de Sousa is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her work addresses history, architecture and identity. She co-directed ‘Saydnaya - Inside a Syrian Torture Prison’, a collaboration between Forensic Architecture and Amnesty International that gained international media attention and was awarded a Peabody Award in 2017. She has directed several short documentaries for television, including ‘The Architecture of Violence’ and ‘Angola - Birth of a Movement’, both for Al Jazeera English.

Production Company Profile

Hakawati was founded in 2017 to produce, distribute and curate films with the art of storytelling at their core. Set up by BAFTA-nominated producer Elhum Shakerifar, and building on her multi-award winning productions and curatorial work to date, Hakawati supports storytellers with distinctive vision and enables new talent to take creative risks. Hakawati is committed to the broader visibility of independent film, giving platforms to quieter voices and unique individual – often minority – perspectives in relation to a dominant whole. In making creatively bold films with integrity, representation and reframing narratives are at the heart of what we do. The company’s projects are all derived from the central tenet that a good story is in the telling, and that, after all, we are the stories we tell. Hakawati is supported by the prestigious BFI Vision Award – awarded once every three years to leading UK producers; Shakerifar was the only documentary producer among the 2016 recipients.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Elhum Shakerifar

    Company: 
    Hakawati
    Phone: 
    +44 780 055 82 56
    Email: 
    elhum@hakawati.co.uk

  • Production Company

    Hakawati

    Phone: 
    +44 780 055 82 56
    Email: 
    elhum@hakawati.co.uk

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