Mithaq Kazimi

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Mithaq Kazimi
Occupation Film producer/director, non-profit/technology founder
Years active 1999–present

Mithaq Kazimi (Pronunciation: Mi-sáq Ka-zi-mi) is a media producer, known for founding entertainment, nonprofit and recently technology organizations.

His documentary 16 Days in Afghanistan is on Amazon's Top Charts since 2008. He is the founder of Dawn Breakers International Film Festival, a "Top 25 Film Festival of the World" nominee in 2014.[1] His other projects include a series of short films, Through Her Eyes [2] made in and with India's Parallel Cinema cast and crew and a few public service announcement videos about HIV, Martin Luther King's speech and for Child Rights and You.[3] He also produced the widely-televised video Quenching The Light and recently a documentary about a CNN Hero's foundation, Miracle Babies at Sharp Hospital.[4]

He has appeared on major TV channels, including on a consecutive three week series on Salaam Afghanistan and the broadcast of his speech on Martin Luther King Day in San Diego Golden Hall via NBC and KPBS.[5] Many well-known musicians have provided the score for his film including Farhad Darya, Larry Porter, Ahmad Shah Hassan, Hariprasad Chaurasia and KC Porter.

The Hindu, India's second largest newspaper, noted Mithaq Kazimi's Through Her Eyes and Rituparno Ghosh’s Raincoat as the inspiration for the Tamil film Gnabagangal (2009).[6] In 2014, after Gosh's passing, Kazimi's English adaptation of Gosh's films have been discussed in film festivals in India[7] and retrospectives held in Bangladesh and other countries.[8]

In 2010, he made a film about the life of Azim Khamisa, Tariq Khamisa and Tony Hicks with the Tariq Khamisa Foundation [9] featuring the now social activist Nate Howard in the lead role.[10] On his personal blog, he has interviewed some prominent figures including camera inventor Ren Ng, author Julio Savi, comedian Aman Ali, architect Fariborz Sahba, musician Red Grammer among others.[11]

In 2012, a selection of his photography from across Mexico was exhibited in California[12] and showcased to Cónsul General of Consulate General of Mexico.[13]

In 2014, he started the Humans of New York-inspired project Humans of San Diego.[14] and a social enterprise with photographer Don Mira to utilize technology to connect people who like to help world's orphans.[15]


Besides films, Kazimi is the author of two books; a photobook introducing rural Mexico and another, an introduction to the top female directors of the world.

Year Film Role(s) Country
2015 Untitled Occupy Movement Film Producer, Director US
2013 El Hombre Sencillo Producer, Director Mexico
2011 Just Shoot Me Please Producer, Writer, Director US
2011 Both Sides of The Gun Producer, Co-writer, Director US
2010 A Living Miracle Producer Guam, US
2010 One Way Alley Writer, Director US
2010 Bridges in Between Cinematographer US
2010 A Time Will Come Producer India, US
2009 Amor in Motion Editor Brazil, US
2009 An Affair Producer China, US
2009 Quenching the Light Producer Iran, US
2008 Into the Blues Director US
2008 16 Days in Afghanistan Producer, Editor Afghanistan
2008 Strangers At Night Producer, Co-writer, Director US
2007 He Was the Beginning Producer, Editor US
2006 Through Her Eyes Co-Producer, Writer, Director, Editor India
2004 Wasted Drops Producer, Director US
2002 Dream Possessor Writer, Director, Producer US


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