Deeyah Khan is a musician, documentary film director, and human rights activist. She has received two Emmy Awards winner and two BAFTA nominations. She is best known for her documentary film, "White Right: Meeting The Enemy." Khan has made four documentaries. She is the founder and CEO of the production company Fuuse, which specializes in documentary films and content for television and events. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of sister-hood Magazine, which spotlights the diverse voices of women of Muslim heritage. In 2016 Khan became the inaugural UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity. Khan was born in Oslo, Norway. She started her career as a girl, singing and performing traditional South Asian music in Norway. She went on to compose and produce Pakistani and North Indian classical music, despite receiving threats for doing so. At the age of 17, the backlash forced her to move to London. She became interested in film, and her first film, "Banaz A Love Story," was released in 2012.
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Muslim director Deeyah Khan's spent the last part of her career looking at extremism in both white supremacist movements as well as Islamic groups. She speaks to Paul about her work.
What draws someone into an extremist movement? Is it about ideology? Race? Politics? So many of our discussions about extremism try to explain away the problem by reducing its complexity, but that brings us further and further away from actually solving it.Deeyah Khan is a British documentary filmmaker and human rights activist. She’s the creator of two extraordinary films airing on Netflix right now, White Right: Meeting the Enemy and Jihad: A Story of the Others. The films do a remarkable job of showing why these opposing brands of extremism are both similar and reciprocal, and why the people they attract mirror each other in so many ways.Khan spent hours with the most extreme figures she could find, and made a real effort to understand what’s motivating them. She sat down with Vox’s interviews writer, Sean Illing, for a conversation about what she discovered, why the roots of fanaticism are much deeper than we suppose, and what we have to do win the battle against hatred.Recommended reading:It's Not About the Burqa by Mariam KhanFrom Fatwa to Jihad by Kenan MalikFaith and Feminism in Pakistan by Afiya S. ZiaWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Aug 7th, 1977
City of London, England, United Kingdom
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6 hours, 51 minutes
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