ABOUT MOHAMMED ALI NAQVI

Mohammed Ali Naqvi is an internationally celebrated filmmaker whose work has won over twenty-five prestigious awards and honours, and whose films have been showcased in film festivals including Toronto, Tribeca, Berlin, IDFA, Full Frame and AFI and venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the United Nations in New York.

In 2003, Naqvi produced Terror’s Children (Discovery-Times Channel), a portrayal of young Afghan refugees living in Pakistan post 9/11, which won the Overseas Press Club Award: The Carl Spielvogel Award and the South Asian Journalist Award. In 2007, Naqvi wrote, produced and directed Shame (Paramount/Showtime), a hard-hitting documentary chronicling the life of Mukhtaran Mai, Pakistani human rights activist, which won several awards including a Special Emmy Award, the Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award, and the Women in Leadership award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Naqvi’s other credits include: Producer for Big River in 2005 (Office Kitano/Bandai Visual), Director for Shabeena’s Quest in 2012 (Al-Jazeera), and the multi-award winning Pakistan’s Hidden Shame in 2014 (Channel 4 UK).

He also founded Mu-Nan Pictures in 2004, for which he serves as Director of Development, personally generating over twenty-one films, documentaries and series. His ventures include collaborations with VICE TV, CNN, MTV, CBS and most recently, Harpo Productions.

For me multiculturism is happenstance, purely by virtue of my upbringing. Having said that, I think by nature documentarians have an acute case of wanderlust and an anthropological curiosity.

Naqvi’s current projects include feature length documentaries Among the Believers (a Tribeca All Access participant 2012 and Ford Foundation, CAAM and Gucci Film Fund grantee) and The General Goes Home, in co-production with Impact Partners (Hot Docs Forum 2011 and IFP participant 2012)

Naqvi was born in Montréal, Canada, spending his early years between Canada, Pakistan and the US. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, Naqvi founded B.L.A.H Productions, an off-off-Broadway theatre company in New York, for which he produced, directed and acted in a number of plays. In his spare time, Naqvi enjoys spending time with animals (an interest stemming from his youth, when he had two lions as childhood companions) and surfing the web.