Arshad Khan (filmmaker)

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Arshad Khan (Urdu: ارشد خان‎) is a multiple-award-winning Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker. He studied at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he was awarded the "Outstanding overall achievement in the film production program" award. He is also the director of the premiere South Asian Film Festival of Canada, (MISAFF).

He has made a number of short films since graduating including shorts Threadbare (2008), Brownie (2011), Doggoned (2012), Valery's Suitcase (2016) and the documentary short about a young boy with cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence titled Zen (2012).

Abu is Khan's long feature directorial debut[1] in which he tackles his relationship with his family and his own sexual orientation taking viewers through tense times particularly with his father ("abu" means father in Urdu). The film is also about clash of conservative and liberal values and about modernity versus familiarity and traditions. The film had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2017.[2]

Arshad Khan established "gray matter productions" in partnership with producer Miguel Jimenez. The company creates "cinematic content serving to uplift humanity".[3]


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