Hasham is a filmmaker from Pakistan who is a strong LGBT activist. He has written, directed and produced three short films: ‘Bhanwar’ dealing with child abuse, ‘Zard Phool’ about postpartum depression, and ‘The Room’, a silent horror short.
He has also produced a radio play on procrastination, and has made two documentaries: ‘Crocodiles of Mangho Pir’ and ‘Islam and Homosexuality’.
In various articles published by Pakistan’s leading newspapers and magazines, Hasham highlights the issues faced by the LGBT community in the country, and advocates for equal rights. In 2014, with help and support from friends, he established an LGBT Resource Library in Lahore.
Hasham grew up in Lahore and received his academic training in Economics and Econometrics. Always a storyteller at heart, he left the world of economic forecasting to work with Geo TV Pakistan and to learn the craft of filmmaking. In 2010, he joined University of the Punjab’s Masters in Communication Studies program (Film & TV Production), and graduated with distinction in 2012.
At the April 24 Gathering of Surrey Muse, Sana Janjua will present Hasham’s introduction and his short film ‘Islam and Homosexuality’. Hasham will be available in Lahore via the Internet, and we hope to ask him a few questions on Skype. For more information about the event, click below: