Deeyah Khan is a critically acclaimed music producer and Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director and founder of media company Fuuse. Her work highlights human rights, women’s voices and freedom of expression. Her skill as a multidisciplinary artist led her to music and film as the language for her social activism. Born in Norway to immigrant parents of Pashtun and Punjabi ancestry, the experience of living between different cultures, both the beauty and the challenges, dominates her artistic vision.
Her 2012 multi-award winning documentary Banaz: A Love Story chronicles the life and death of Banaz Mahmod, a young British Kurdish woman killed in 2006 in London. This murder was a so-called honour killing by her family. Deeyah's second film the Bafta-nominated Jihad involved two years of interviews and filming with Islamic extremists, convicted terrorists and former jihadis.
She has also received several awards for her work supporting freedom of expression, human rights and peace, including the Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN and the University of Oslo’s Human Rights Award. She also received the 2016 Peer Gynt Prize from the Parliament of Norway. The focus of her work and access to voices that are often overlooked and misunderstood has led to increasing demand as a speaker at international human rights events and platforms including the United Nations.
Deeyah is also the CEO of Fuuse, a media and arts production company she founded in 2010 to put women, people from minorities, and third culture kids at the heart of telling their own stories. Fuuse aims to create intercultural dialogue and understanding by confronting the most complex and controversial topics through highlighting excluded perspectives and alternative views. One of the most recent Fuuse initiatives is sister-hood, a digital magazine and a series of live events spotlighting the voices of women of Muslim heritage.