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  • Name: Asad Farooqui

    Recipient Year: 2018

    Major: Screenwriting and Film Directing

    Description: 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.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 is the recipient of several grants and fellowship. 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.

    School Name: Columbia University

    Sponsor: Dr. Kamal Zawahry Memorial Scholarship

    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asad-farooqui-68ab4217a/