PhD Candidate, Communication Studies, Concordia University
Azra Rashid is a Montreal-based filmmaker and PhD candidate. Her doctoral research, funded by the SSHRC, focuses on gender and genocide, using research-creation as methodology. Rashid has over six years of experience working as a journalist in NYC, Toronto, Edmonton, and Karachi. She has worked on numerous documentaries on social justice issues, including her own award-winning film, Dishonour Defied, a documentary about rape and the status of women in Pakistan. Her films have been screened at film festivals in Canada and in the US. Rashid’s documentary on forced marriages, Unveiling the Abuse, has been incorporated into curriculum by the Toronto District School Board in Canada. Her most recent film, A Woman’s Story, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, will be broadcast on the CBC in 2015. In the past, Rashid has also worked in the NGO sector with Amnesty International, Alliance Against Modern Slavery, Ve’ahavta, and Women Won’t Forget.