Tazeen Bari is a documentary director, producer and cinematographer. Her documentaries have explored issues of social justice, the situation of women and the rights of labour in Pakistan. Her film "Matkay Pay Thappa" followed the story of Veero Kohli, a freed bonded labourer who stood in the 2013 general election. This documentary was screened across Pakistan, in India and at the Women of the World Festival in the UK. Tazeen has worked as a producer for two time academy award winning director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and also produced an episode for the Emmy Nominated Vice series WOMAN with Gloria Steinem. In 2016 she made a film under the mentorship of legendary Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Last year, her documentary on slain social media star Qandeel Baloch was released by Guardian documentaries. She is currently working on a documentary on the death penalty in Pakistan and also just completed production on a documentary telling the story of a transgender candidate standing in the 2018 election. Tazeen is one of the founding members of the Documentary Association of Pakistan and is also currently a fellow of the Women In Cinema Fellowship at Clinik Nepal developing her first fiction script.
This project will explore women’s opportunities and struggles in the South Asian film industries: innovating opportunities, demanding good working conditions, calling out sexual abuse, and changing perceptions through plotlines.