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  • Name: Hena Ashraf

    Recipient Year: 2016|2019

    Description: Hena Ashraf is a filmmaker and artist. Hena’s roots are from the subcontinent, and she spent her early years in the U.K. before immigrating to America. At the University of Michigan, Hena concentrated in Film and Video Studies and Political Science. During her following 7 years in NYC, Hena worked for various media institutions such as Black Public Media and the Tribeca Film Institute, amongst others. Her films feature characters whose multiple identities characterize them as outsiders and who thus struggle to fit in. These themes have been developed from her own personal experiences as a young Muslim woman growing up in the U.K. and America. is Hena’s second short fiction film that she wrote and directed, and features a young Muslim teenager struggling with her dreams and of belonging. Hena is beginning an MFA in Film Directing at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. For more on Hena, go to

    School Name: New York University

    Sponsor: Faran Tahir Scholarship

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