|Occupation||Film and screenplay writer, Sufi teacher|
|Parent(s)||Omar Ali-Shah, Anna Maria Ali-Shah|
Life and work
Ali-Shah is credited as the writer and screenplay writer of the award-winning film Bye Bye Blackbird (2005), an early 20th-century period drama directed by Robinson Savary and starring Sir Derek Jacobi. In the film, a man lives out his dreams by learning to fly on the trapeze. In the end he is unable to continue living on the ground.
The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2005 Taormina International Film Festival and was nominated for the Tokyo Grand Prix at the 2005 Tokyo International Film Festival. The director Robinson Savary previously won a Gold Plaque for Best Experimental Short Film, À suivre (1988), at the 1988 Chicago International Film Festival.
Arif Ali-Shah comes from a family line of Afghan nobles and teachers in the Sufi mystical tradition. His father Sayyid Omar Ali-Shah Naqshbandi (1922–2005) and his uncle Sayyid Idries Shah (1924–1996) were both prominent writers and teachers of modern Sufism. Arif Ali-Shah has guided study groups led by Professor Emeritus Leonard Lewin of CU Boulder, as did his father and uncle.
Arif Ali-Shah is the grandson of the Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah (1894–1969), an Afghan author, poet, diplomat, scholar, and savant. His great-great-great grandfather was the Afghan warlord, noble and Sufi teacher, the Nawab Jan-Fishan Khan (d. 1864) who significantly assisted the British in the First Anglo-Afghan War and the subsequent Indian Rebellion of 1857.
- Arif Ali-Shah's brief biography in French (shockwave flash file)[permanent dead link] Retrieved on 2008-11-14.
- Writing credits for Bye Bye Blackbird Retrieved on 2008-11-14.
- Details of Bye Bye Blackbird at Austrian Film Commission Archived May 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2008-11-14.
- Awards for Bye Bye Blackbird Retrieved on 2008-11-14.
- Robinson Savary's award for À suivre Retrieved on 2008-11-14.
- Writing credits for Papelucho y el marciano Retrieved on 2008-11-14.
- Film-makers Arif Ali-Shah has worked with Retrieved on 2008-11-14.
- Obituary of Idries Shah, The Independent (London) of November 26, 1996.
- Professor Emeritus Leonard Lewin 'established and, for many years, led study groups under the guidance of Idries Shah, Omar Ali-Shah and Arif Ali-Shah', according to his University of Colorado obituary here Archived 2010-06-04 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2008-11-14.
- ByeByeBlackbird.com (shockwave flash website in French)
- Friday Films
- Ipso Facto Films: Bye Bye Blackbird
- RealSufism.com - contact point for study groups led by Arif Ali-Shah