Writer/director Shamim Sarif is an equally successful novelist (the Pendleton May First Novel Award, Betty Trask Award), screenwriter, and feature film director. Her two feature films have won over 30 international awards.
She has published many short stories and has built a successful career in script editing and screenplay adaptation. Shamim has also directed music videos and written lyrics for recorded songs. An accomplished speaker, she has spoken at TED events in London, Jerusalem and India, as well as at corporate events for companies such as Deloitte and Goldman Sachs.
In 2008, Shamim received an Afterellen Visibility Award as International Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year. With her partner and producer on her films, Hanan Kattan, she runs the Enlightenment group of companies, based in London, and the Sarif-Kattan Foundation, focused on empowering and educating women and children.
Shamim has recently completed a feature documentary as writer and director. Shot on location in Israel and Palestine, The House of Tomorrow looks at the conflict between these countries from a perspective of women who are focused on building a future.
Founder of the Enlightenment Group of companies, which include independent film production, film sales and distribution, a fledgling record label and a publishing arm, Hanan has recently produced two feature films, The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight. These two movies have won over 30 awards between them.
Born in Jordan, of Palestinian background, Hanan’s previous businesses included building a successful toiletries distribution company and creating her own brands and creating an entirely new product category that of holistic premium mass-market products.
Her latest venture is Enlightenment Business Solutions, an Internet marketing company. With her partner, Shamim Sarif, Hanan is also the founder of the Sarif Kattan Foundation whose most recent project was TEDx HolyLand bringing remarkable Palestinian and Israeli women together in Jerusalem for a conference. This led to a feature documentary that Hanan has just completed as producer and co-director, called The House of Tomorrow.