deeyah khan


intro’d to Deeyah while watching her documentary about Banaz [on top documentary (site)]…and so.. loving her then.

re intro’d to her while watching her 2016 tedxexeter : What we don’t know about Europe’s Muslim kids

when i was a child.. i knew i had superpowers… i could understand/relate to the feelings of brown people..of white people..white/brown/whatever..i loved them all..i understood them all..


one year to be 5 ness

8 min – ..there are so many of us growing up in europe who are not free to be ourselves..not allowed to be who we are….even in freest societies in world..not free.. lives/dreams/future does not belong to us..belongs to parents/community..i found endless stories of young people who are lost to all of us..invisible to all of us ..suffering alone

listen to all the voices

holmgren indigenous law

9 min – i wanted people to understand deadly consequences of us not taking these problems seriously…. first film I made was about Banaz..


11 min – when their own families betray them..they look to rest of us..and when we don’t understand..we lose them…….while making film several people said to me..’this is just their culture..just what those people do to their kids and we can’t really interfere’…..i can assure you being murdered is not my culture.. you know?

12 min – next film..wanted to try/understand why some of our young muslim kids in Europe are drawn to extremism/violence…but i also recognized..i was going to have to face my worst fear..the brown men with beards. i’ve been afraid of most of my life…men i’ve also deeply disliked

so i spent next two years interviewing convicted terrorists/jihadis/extremists. ..i was more interested in finding out was what are the human/personal reasons why some of our young people are susceptible to groups like this. . and..

13 min – what really surprised me.. is that i found wounded human beings.. instead of the monsters i was looking for..

..that I was hoping to find..quite frankly because it would have been very satisfying..i found broken people..just like Banaz..i found that these young men were torn apart from trying to bridge the gaps between their families and the countries that they were born in. .. channeling that toward violence. ..they’re also promising our young people the things that they crave: significance/heroism/belonging/purpose/community that loves and accepts them. .

2 needs.. deep enough

they make the powerless feel powerful..the invisible/silent are finally seen and heard..this is what they’re doing for our young people. . why are these groups doing this for our young people and not us?

listen to all the voicesholmgren indigenous law

a nother way.. ie: host-life-bits via self-talk as data

14 min – i‘m not trying to justify /excuse any of the violence. ..we have to understand why some of our young people are attracted to this.

15 min – seeing human beings with all their virtues/flaws instead of continuing the caricatures.. us/them..villains/victims. two cultures didn’t have to be on a collision course but instead became a space where i found my own voice..

i stopped feeling like I had to pick a side..

16 min – african proverb: ‘if young are not initiated into village..they will burn it down just to feel its warmth’ ..

your own song ness

can you choose them instead of your honor?


17 min – to our young people tempted by extremism..can you acknowledge that your rage is fueled by pain? ..can you find a way to live? ..a life defined by you and nobody else.

eudaimoniative surplus

..they think we don’t like them…they think we don’t care what happens to them..they think we don’t accept them..can we find a way to make them feel differently.. what will it take for us to see them and notice them..

a nother way.. ie: host-life-bits via self-talk as data that io dance.. has to be for all of us.. and as the day [aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]

..can we find a way to reject hatred and heal the divisions between us..

18 min – we are all in this together..revenge/violence will not work ..


find/follow Deeyah:

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Emmy & Peabody award winning and BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker. Goodwill Ambassador. CEO & founder . Contact:

fuuse site:

“Fuuse explores the diversity of modern societies and cultures with honesty and compassion. Whether on film or television, online or at live events, Fuuse seeks to bring voices and stories from the margins of the mainstream media into the heart of public discourse. Only through creating more inclusive dialogue across, and within, cultures and communities can we hope to foster understanding. Only through fearlessly confronting complex, controversial topics can we hope to challenge prejudice. That is my passion and this is Fuuse’s purpose.” – Deeyah Khan, filmmaker and Fuuse founder.

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Deeyah Khan (Urdu: دیا خان‎, pronounced [d̪iːaːˈxaːn], born 7 August 1977 in Oslo, Norway), is a Norwegian film director, music producer, composer and human rights defender  of Punjabi/Pashtun descent. She is an outspoken supporter of women’s rights, freedom of expression and peace.

She is the founder and CEO of production company Fuuse. Her debut film as director and producer, Banaz A Love Story (2012), won a Peabody Award (2013) and won the 2013 Emmy Award for Best International Documentary Film and British Royal Television Society nomination for Best Current Affairs Documentary. In 2015 she made a film where she sets out to find out why the jihadi message has such an alluring hold on young Westerners. In Jihad: A Story of the Others, Deeyah meets one of the godfathers of the British jihad, who went abroad to fight, and who preached extremism to thousands of young Muslims across the UK and the West.

She is the founder and producer of World Woman, an annual international festival of art and activism in Oslo.

Deeyah is the recipient of several awards for her work supporting freedom of expression, in 2012 she was awarded the Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN.


Deeyah has been active in raising awareness of honour killings for several years. In early 2009 she directed and produced Banaz: A Love Story, a documentary film about honour killings. The film received its UK premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London September 2012. This was Deeyah’s first film as a director and producer. It has won critical acclaim and international awards, including the 2013 Emmy award for best international documentary film. The film is being used to train British police.


jihad (doc)


interview w nicholas kristof – fb live – minus first minute


refuse the us and them..

we don’t have the luxury of pessimism

violence is not the way to engage with the world..

this is about all of us.. trying to figure out what we’re for..

a story about people grokking what matters.. – human\e constitution ness

we have to come up with a vision of the future that includes all of us.. that belongs to all of us..

a nother way..



#Art _________”The freedom of artists to express their heart” by Deeyah Khan @Deeyah_Khan#WHRD#Women#HumanRights

3 min – art is a very human/basic/direct form of communication.. that touches our heart/mind.. has capacity to make us think/feel.. both which are elements that make it much harder to control us.. to break our spirits.. to impose on us things that are inhuman

4 min – there are 1000s providing art as service for social activism.. and for artists like that.. they end up becoming the *voices of the voiceless.. they end up becoming truth tellers.. speaking truth to power

oy.. *not voice less.. listen less..

5 min – for artists like that.. in constant danger..

7 min – the reason art is so powerful is also demonstrated in the efforts that are taken in crushing it

8 min – art is as necessary to democracy as a free press… art/artists play a very vital and very underestimated role in civil society

9 min – the reason i’m mentioning this..

the challenges that face us as a human family.. are so great/difficult that we are not in a position to discount anyone.. it’s going to take all of us..

hosting-life-bits – a means/mech to listen to every voice. all the voices.. has to be all.

all of our talents/creativity to genuinely address and work for the world that we are all wishing for.. which is a world of freedom and equality in dignity and rights for every single individual


lori brumat (@loribrumat) tweeted at 11:39 PM – 22 Feb 2017 :

Unity around #humanity is what can give meaning and reassurance to diversity to stop dangerous extremism. (

extremism operating on dividing (yet) threatened by diversity

ginorm small ness of all of us can free us gershenfeld sel


Fuuse (@Fuuse) tweeted at 1:50 PM on Fri, Mar 03, 2017:
Promoting the basic human rights and freedoms of artists is something we must commit to – @Deeyah_Khan #MusicFreedomDay #SupportCreativity

freedom of art ists to create the work/questions they choose.. obligation to facil safety/space to do that

has to be all of us for this dance to dance..

good news is.. we have means to do that


It became a choice between protecting people’s feelings or allowing more women to die – Filmmaker @Deeyah_Khan

#BeBoldForChange #IWD2017

Original Tweet:

i’ve spent a lot of my life being afraid.. being careful.. considering everyone else’s feelings.. rather than my own.. rather than the truth.. conclusion i came to.. i have to stick to the truth/reality.. if i don’t.. our women will continue to die

supposed to ness



“We cannot solve a problem we are not allowed to name,” says @Deeyah_Khan on “honor-based” violence.


UNESCO (@UNESCO) tweeted at 2:20 AM – 29 Apr 2017 :

“Artistic freedom is complementary to #PressFreedom”
Meet @Deeyah_Khan, @UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador (


Clare Baldwin (@clarebaldwin) tweeted at 5:42 AM – 28 May 2017 :

“It doesn’t start with hate. It starts out as a human need that is not being met.” @Deeyah_Khan (

article from nov 2015

“I believe what IS is doing, we can do. They tell a story that is compelling to our young people; we have to tell a better story than them.”

let’s do/model this story.. a nother way – [short\bit]

based on: maté basic needs

What are we doing about it? We don’t have time for douchebags in suits to be pointing fingers at each other.

“It doesn’t start with hate. It starts out as a human need that is not being met,

and with love and loyalty between the recruiter and the follower.” Those radicalised by former über-recruiter Abu Muntasir describe him as the father they wished they had had.

What frightens IS most isn’t our bombs, it’s us getting along

Given that Khan has endured a backlash in the past, does she fear one again from this film? “No,” she says defiantly, her eyes flashing. “We risk losing much more by remaining silent.”


Pål de Vibe (@paaldevibe) tweeted at 3:09 AM – 12 Jun 2017 :

Veldig sant av Deeyah Khan: Den virkelige integreringen kommer når du helt enkelt oppfattes som et menneske. (

Very true of Deeyah Khan: The real integration comes when you are simply perceived as a human being

nationality: human


Deeyah Khan (@Deeyah_Khan) tweeted at 5:21 AM – 3 Jul 2017 :

The concept of “community leader” is a failed, outdated, colonial model of engagement that should finally be done away with

#MissingMuslims (

verd de gris art (@verddegris) tweeted at 6:08 AM – 3 Jul 2017 :

@Deeyah_Khan We need to make use of local people-based networks modelled on #6degreesofseperation – friends, family rather than patriarchal hierarchy (

hlb (via 2 convos everyday) that io dance.. listen to all the voices..

a nother way

3.14 degrees of interconnectedness


Elizabete Aunina (@eaunina1) tweeted at 2:03 AM – 12 Jun 2018 :
The new documentary “White Right” by @Deeyah_Khan is absolutely fantastic. Precisely the sort of mutual humanly dialogue we need! (

i wanted to see if i could understand their anger.. to get to know the personal reasons why they’re drawn to such hatred and division..t

thurman interconnectedness law


Tim Matthews (@timmatmusic) tweeted at 6:20 PM – 23 Jun 2018 :
@LuxAlptraum @Deeyah_Khan Oh man… I just watched ‘Jihad: a story of the others’, @Deeyah_Khan’s earlier (2015) documentary (also on Netflix).
Both of these films need to be disseminated as widely as possible. Their fires need tending. (

huge.. has to be .. a nother way.. for all of us

Adam Ferris (@Adam_Ferris_Art) tweeted at 4:36 PM – 23 Jun 2018 :
Just viewed #whiterightmeetingtheenemy on @netflix by the wonderful @Deeyah_Khan
It’s a great balance of accurate info and showing how scary our world is.
But my main takeaway is that people can change for the better. We just have to be better at reaching out to those in pain. (