Shamim Sarif

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Shamim Sarif (born September 24, 1969) is a British novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. Her roots inspired her to write her debut novel, The World Unseen,[1] which explores issues of race, gender and sexuality,[2] which she later adapted into a film starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. The novel won the Pendleton May First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award.[3][4] She has also adapted and directed a film based on her book I Can't Think Straight.[5][6]

She is the recipient of Best Director awards for The World Unseen film from the South African Film and Television Awards,[7][8][9][10] the Phoenix Film Festival[11][12] and the Clip (Tampa) Festival.[13]

Her 2011 film, The House of Tomorrow, winner of Documentary Audience Award at the Festival Regards Sur Le Cinema Du Monde 2014 in Rouen (France), is a documentary about the 2010 TEDx Holy Land Conference, which brought together Arab and Israeli women to discuss issues of mutual interest in technology, entertainment, and design.[14]

At Cannes Festival[15] 2013 Sarif announced her new film Despite The Falling Snow. The film starring Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Oliver Jackson -Cohen, Antje Traue, Sam Reid, Anthony Head, Trudi Styler and Charles Dance, is due to be released in 2015.

On the 14th September 2014 Enlightenment Productions was announced as one of the finalists for Breaking the Mould Award, a prize aimed to promote and enhance the role of women in business.[16]

Enlightenment Productions were Winner of the Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2014, Best Creative and Media Sector Business.[17]

She lives with her partner Hanan Kattan and their two sons.[5]

Feature films[edit]



  • I Can't Think Straight. Enlightenment Production Limited. 2010. ISBN 978-0-9560316-1-7. 
  • Wrote the Book, Made the Movie, Raised the Kids, Now the Blog... Enlightenment Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-9560-3164-8. 


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  2. ^ Shamim Sharif
  3. ^ Billy Suter, "Love in apartheid SA", The Mercury (South Africa), September 12, 2008  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ Candice Soobramoney, "Shamim on lesbian love flick", Post (South Africa), August 6, 2008  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  5. ^ a b Rachael Scott, "Having a gay old time: Novelist turned film-maker Shamim Sarif has two films, both based on her books, coming out tomorrow. She tells Rachael Scott how this one-two punch came about." The Guardian, 2 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Changing lives in little steps", Independent Online (South Africa), 12 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Unusual film sweeps Saftas; Janet van Eeden talks to the writer and director of The World Unseen, a film that highlights the plight of Indian women under apartheid.", The Sunday Independent, 15 February 2009  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  8. ^ "Apartheid era love story The World Unseen scoops 11 Saftas", The Witness, 22 February 2009.
  9. ^ "SAFTA Awards". 
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  12. ^ "Movie Reviews: First week of Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is rich with diversity", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 16, 2008.
  13. ^ "The World Unseen Awards". [unreliable source?]
  14. ^ Billy Cox, "‘House of Tomorrow’ infused with excitement and optimism", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 16 April 2012.
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  17. ^ "2014 WINNERS". Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2014. 

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