Master of Fine Arts
Dr. Kamal Zawahry Memorial Scholarship
Narrative Film Winner
Asad Farooqui is a director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He has produced multiple short films featuring stories about Muslim and Pakistani people in their American whereabouts.
Farooqui is currently working on several scripts about Pakistani and Muslim characters stuck in an America that refuses to accept them. His first feature film script, “BIN”, is a story about a recently immigrated Pakistani Quran teacher and his travails of trying to find work and his place in society. Farooqui’s pilot script, “The Islamic Boys,” is about a group of wannabe Muslim thugs who are forced to become a real gang after one of their members has a squabble with a local gang-lord. Farooqui has also penned a pilot script, “Brown Country,” about a Pakistani-American who dreams of becoming a country singer in the racist South. Currently, he is writing a feature, “The Immigration Game,” about an illegal Pakistani immigrant who has overstayed his visa and is figuring out a way to become legal again.
Farooqui is the recipient of several grants and fellowships that include the following: Columbia University School of the Arts Academic Fellowship, Columbia University Undergraduate Film Studies Program Teaching Fellowship, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute Fellowship, Columbia University Dean’s Travel Research Grant, and The Henry and Evelyn Cox Academic Scholarship. Furthermore, his script, “BIN,” was a semifinalist for the Sundance Writer’s Lab 2018 and a finalist for the Best Screenplay Competition at the Ivy Film Festival. His short film “Broke” was an official selection for the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival and has played at several film festivals around the world.
Farooqui is a graduate of Business Management and Comparative Religion from Emory University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University.
Areas of interest
- Arts & Culture