I am a Pakistani woman and filmmaker who grew up in London. I write and direct stories, both documentary and fiction, about the impact of violence on our lives; I am moved to understand characters and places that witness and survive violation and betrayal. I go against the grain of stories about a “clash of civilisations”, and explore our world as I see it: full of grey areas and nuance. I also unite influences from across traditions that are often seen to be separate or at odds – after all, I grew up watching Raj Kapoor, Gene Kelly, Guru Dutt and Jean Renoir without any problems. I write and direct with attention to detail, vision and integrity, and in my working relationships I pursue equality and deep democracy.