Mehwish Hayat, Lena Khan to be First Patrons of U.K. Muslim Film

Actor and campaigner Mehwish Hayat (“Ms. Marvel”) and writer-director Lena Khan (“By no means Have I Ever”) have been revealed as the primary patrons for charity U.Ok. Muslim Movie (UKMF).

UKMF works to vary views by means of championing underrepresented expertise and voices, each on-screen and behind the digital camera and in addition advises the leisure business on the best way to authentically characterize Muslims on-screen.

Hayat, whose hit movies in Pakistan embody “Actor in Regulation,” “Punjab Nahi Jaungi,” “Load Marriage ceremony” and “Chhalawa,” has extensively spoken out about human rights abuses on the worldwide stage and has been notably vocal in regards to the illustration of Muslims in mainstream media.

Hayat stated: “Illustration of Muslims on-screen is one thing that I’ve been tirelessly working to spotlight for the previous few years. Misrepresentation has executed untold injury to us and I sincerely consider has fuelled the rise of Islamophobia. With UKMF, I stay up for working with the business to make it possible for the way in which that we’re portrayed on-screen, if not optimistic, is not less than loads fairer.”

“It’s equally incumbent on us as Muslims to be telling our personal tales. I’m excited that UKMF might be supporting rising Muslim expertise and serving to them get their work to bigger audiences,” Hayat added.

UKMF might be internet hosting a pop-up cinema occasion on Aug. 13 at Edgbaston to rejoice the work of Khan, director of Disney unique movie “Flora & Ulysses.”

Khan stated: “Illustration in movies and tv actually adjustments our cultural panorama — for higher or worse. It impacts coverage, how we see folks, how we function with one another. And it’s not that arduous to do. I hope we will proceed to broaden the scope and high quality of how our fellow people are seen on display screen, and benefit from the experience and the tales alongside the way in which.”

Sajid Varda, who labored on and acted in Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter,” established UKMF and the upcoming first Muslim Worldwide Movie Competition to champion artistic endeavors by Muslims from all over the world.

Varda stated: “We’ve a substantial amount of work forward of us to vary perceptions throughout the media and specifically the display screen industries. With the addition of Mehwish and Lena to the crew we’re extremely hopeful that collectively we will change the script.”

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