WOW Talks
Sunday, 03 December 2017 -
15:30 to 16:30

This panel takes a comprehensive approach to questions about the representation of women in media in contemporary Pakistan and in an international context. We discuss how women are portrayed on-screen, and how women participate behind the scenes in different media industries, including news and entertainment. 

In English and Urdu, with Sign Language translation available.

Moderated by Saman Ghani Khan.

Suitable for all ages.

About the speakers

Saman Ghani Khan

Saman Ghani Khan is a multimedia journalist and instructor with a Masters in Journalism from Stanford University. Her experience spans various mediums in Pakistan, as well as the US, including newspapers, magazines, TV broadcast and digital media. Currently, she is an editor at an upcoming digital media startup based in Karachi, VCAST.

Hani Taha

Hani Taha is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She started her career as a culture/fashion journalist, then began working as a documentary filmmaker for the world’s leading film organizations: the BBC, Al Jazeera, Vice News and Pakistan’s two-time Academy Award winning documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s SOC Films. A passionate storyteller, she’s best known for her brave and engaging reporting on the sensational and complicated murder investigations of two of Pakistan’s most high profile honor killing cases in her critically acclaimed films The Kohistan Story and The Killing of Qandeel. Apart from her documentary work, Hani has also been involved in the new wave of feminist storytelling as a thespian and filmmaker, trying to create more socially conscious plays and movies in Pakistan as an actor and producer.

Quratulain Ali Khan

Quratulain (nickname: Annie) Ali Khan is a writer and freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in The Caravan, Roads & Kingdoms, Slate, Herald and elsewhere. Quratulain graduated with a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University School of Journalism in 2011. She has a forthcoming book on women and the sacral landscape of Pakistan from Simon & Schuster, India.

Sahira Kazmi

Sahira Kazmi is a pioneering television director, producer and actor. Her career at PTV spans more than three decades and includes some of Pakistan’s most enduringly popular and influential drama serials and music programs. She established herself as an accomplished actor in TV plays like Parchaiyan and Teesra Kinara, and then went on to direct serials like Hawwa ki Beti, Tapish, Dhoop Kinaray and many others, which successfully combined entertainment with serious, often provocative, themes and social commentary. Sahira is also responsible for some of the earliest experiments with televised live music, music videos and fusion music in the country, such as the Allan Fakir- Shehki duet Humma Humma.

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