Babar Ahmed (director)

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This article is about a film director. For the terrorism suspect, see Babar Ahmad.

Babar Ahmed is a Pakistan-born film director and writer whose movies include Amka and The Three Golden Rules, Royal Kill and Genius.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ahmed is a graduate of University College London and King's College, where he studied economics. Pursuing a filmmaking "hobby," he took classes at the New York Film Academy, NYU, and NTFS.[2]

He is based in Washington D.C., where he works as a filmmaker for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.[3]

He is Muslim.[4]


Ahmed's first film, Genius, appeared in film festivals in 2003 and was released straight to video.

His second film, Royal Kill, was released in 2009. The film received poor reviews,[5] but featured performances by Eric Roberts and Pat Morita and received a limited release in AMC Theatres and distribution by Lionsgate.[2]

His 2014 film Amka and the Three Golden Rules was shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Arizona International Film Festival, where it received a special award for "bridging cultures."[3][6] It has received positive reviews for the performance of its young lead actor and Mongolian cinematography.[7][8]

Ahmed has also made films for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on topics such as global aging and urban development.[2][9]


  1. ^ Rizvi, Salim (23 November 2009). "Coming of age for South Asian stars in Hollywood". BBC News. 
  2. ^ a b c Kernis, Jay (15 June 2011). "Babar Ahmed: Challenges of global aging". CNN. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b DeMarco, Laura (28 March 2014). "Cleveland International Film Festival reunites long lost friends after two decades and 7000 miles". The Plain Dealer. 
  4. ^ Martin, Frankie (17 April 2009). "Watching Royal Kill with America's Only Muslim Director". The Huffington Post. 
  5. ^ Zak, Dan (10 April 2009). "Movie Review: 'Royal Kill'". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ "Arizona International Film Festival Awards". Arizona International Film Festival. 27 April 2014. 
  7. ^ B. Khash-Erdene (16 April 2014). "Movie Review: Amka and the Three Golden Rules". The UB Post. 
  8. ^ DeMarco, Laura (27 March 2014). "Cleveland International Film Festival 2014: 'Amka and the Three Golden Rules' an inspiring family film from Mongolia (Review)". The Plain Dealer. 
  9. ^ "Video Highlights Innovative Cities Global Dialogue". World Bank Institute. 10 August 2010. 

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