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Seemab Gul

Seemab Gul

United Kingdom

Film Director, Writer


Seemab is a British-Pakistani filmmaker with a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. Her films interweave documentary, fictional, and performative elements to explore social-political stories. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue, examining conditions of precarity in society and focusing on the outsider experience. Her work has been supported by Channel 4, CBA WorldView, Al Jazeera and Arts Council England. Her documentary ‘Zahida’ was broadcast on Al Jazeera and it’s trailer has over 12 million views. Seemab’s films have premiered in HotDocs, SXSW, Dok Leipzig, Sheffield Doc Fest, Geneva Contemporary Art Centre and many international festivals and galleries. Her portfolio includes documentaries, drama, hybrid films and art installations. She was a Berlinale Talent 2019 and a fellow of the Locarno Open Doors Producers Lab 2018. Her latest short film Sandstorm will have its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

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Sanat Initiative was established in 2014 as an art initiative with an aim to promote visual art from Pakistan. In a short span of time it became the lead source of distributing visual art from Pakistan all over the world while also launching the careers of emerging artists from the country. In 2017, Sanat expanded into film production with I'll Meet You There (Bismil) a feature drama (US & Pakistan co-production) which was an official selection at SXSW 2020 and also competed for the Grand Jury Award in Narrative Feature Competition. Sanat Initiative also ventured into a few short films which got critical acclaim at various important international film festivals including Locarno Film Festival's Pardi di domani and Palm Springs Best of the Festival Award nomination. Sanat Initiative's second feature Wakhri (One of the Kind) which is currently in development was selected for Locarno's Open Door Hub in 2018 and thereafter at the Atelier of Cinefondation, Festival de Cannes in 2019.