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Naz (working title)

Fall Grants 2017 - Development Stage

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


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.


Omar El-Khairy, Ana Naomi de Sousa
Omar El-Khairy, Ana Naomi de Sousa
Elhum Shakerifar
Production Company

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.


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