London Activist & Filmmaker Shakila Maan
Based in London, Shakila is a human rights activist and filmmaker. For a long time, she has been associated with human rights organisation, Southall Black Sisters.
Her first feature film The Winter of Love (2001) was shot on location in Southall, London and opened the Raindance East Film Festival. The film is now available on DVD.
Her graduation film Ferdous (Paradise) (1990) was picked up by Frameline Distributors in San Francisco, and widely screened in North America, UK, France and Australia. This innovative short film explores the powerful themes of ‘deviant’ sexuality in Islam.
Her films include A Thousand Borrowed Eyes (1995) on Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui.
Pervaiz Alam talks to Shakila about her work.