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Shamim Sarif

Réalisateur/trice, Ecrivain/ne, Scénariste, Adaptateur/trice
Royaume-Uni, Afrique du Sud


Parfois créditée sous le nom de
Shamim Sharif

Née le 24 septembre 1969.
Ecrivaine anglo-sudafricaine. Elle a écrit et réalisé le film THE WORLD UNSEEN (Afrique du Sud, 2007, 94 min), d’après son premier roman, sur une intense histoire d’amour saphique dans l’Afrique du Sud de l’apartheid.


Writer/director Shamim Sarif is one of the rare renaissance women of recent years. She is an equally successful author (the Pendleton May First Novel Award, Betty Trask Award), screenwriter and film director (World Cinema Best Director at Phoenix Film Festival, and Best Director at Clip (Tampa) Intl. Film Festival). She is an author of several published short stories and notable music lyrics, has script-edited a children’s TV series and directed music videos. Shamim received an 2008 VISIBLITY AWARD as « International Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year ».

An acclaimed novelist, Shamim has deep roots in South Africa, where her parents and grandparents were born and raised – a heritage that inspired her first, award-winning novel, « The World Unseen ».

« The World Unseen » won the Pendleton May First Novel Award, and then the prestigious Betty Trask Award. It was selected for inclusion at all the major UK book festivals, including Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Edinburgh and sold out of its initial print runs.

Johannesburg’s leading newspaper, « The Star », voted the book one of their books of the year. « The Times » in London called it « an impressive debut. Sarif’s story brings together the descriptive power of the novelist with the screenwriter’s mastery of dialogue. »

Her second novel, « Despite the Falling Snow » was published in London by Hodder Headline in May 2004 and received overwhelmingly excellent reviews. In the autumn of 2005, the novel was released by American publisher St Martin’s Press. Shamim has adapted this moving tale set in cold war Russia and present day United States into a screenplay.

Shamim began her studies in directing at Raindance in London. Her recently published novel « I Can’t Think Straight » served as an inspiration for her directorial debut of the same name. An urban romantic comedy based on Shamim’s script and starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth, the movie follows the improbable love affair between two women of very differing cultures. The film has recently entered festival circuits and has been successfully released in North American cinemas, with other international territories to follow shortly.
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