Hirra Farooqi is a journalist and the founding Director of the Muslim International Film Festival. Hirra served as the Production Assistant and Cultural Advisor for The Secret Marathon film. She is also the Toronto Race Director and National Communication Coordinator for The Secret 3K, an annual run/walk held across Canada and around the world in over 23 countries to promote gender equality and safe and inclusive spaces. Hirra is a first generation immigrant of Afghan-Pakistani parents. Hirra is currently working on producing her own documentaries based on minority rights in her countries of origin, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Hirra currently does free-lance work in Social Media Marketing and is a free-lance Producer for online shows.
Muslim International Film Festival
How many times have you scrolled through Netflix and found a story that pertains to Muslims, is created by Muslims or brings to light the Muslim narrative? Although Toronto is home to a large community of filmmakers and creatives, there is one group of filmmakers that are missing. The Muslim International Film Festival (MIFF) was founded with one vision in mind: to provide a platform for the current and aspiring filmmakers, videographers, designers, creatives, media junkies and moviegoers to portray Muslim excellence on the big screen. As an international platform, MIFF aims to include and showcase the diverse voices of anyone whose mind is bursting with a story and a dream to bring it to life. Since launching in 2020, MIFF’s goal is to establish a community of filmmakers and unlock the potential for Muslim excellence to thrive. Connecting with people from all across the globe, MIFF aims to host one of the largest events to showcase talent in the arts. Considering this city is the hub for diversity and artistic expression, there is no better place to begin this dream than in Toronto.
Whether you are an actor, videographer, artist, director, writer, film student, or just a film junkie, check us out and help us develop a legacy for Muslims in the arts.