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Tarique Qayumi

Director • DGC • MFA (UCLA)

Courtney Bainbridge • Meridian Artists

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Tarique Qayumi is part of this year's cohort for the Warner Access x Academy Directing Program.

He fled Afghanistan as a refugee in the back of a truck with his mother as a child. He received an MFA in Film from UCLA and trained with Judith Weston to work with actors.

In the first four years of his career, while working in a warzone for Afghanistan's largest station, he directed dramatic TV series and two seasons of SESAME STREET. In Kabul, he learned to thrive under tremendous pressure.

Returning to Canada, Tarique wrote, directed, edited, and shot BLACK KITE, which opened at TIFF '17, went on to 20 festivals, and won the Leo Award for Best Director, Best Writer, and Best Film.

He also has shadowed on VIKINGS for the CORUS-NSI Diversity Program under Daniel Grou.

Tarique shot a short film using virtual production technology for the DGC.


Currently, he is in post-production on his third feature entitled "MÂDAR," which received production financing from TELEFILM and the TELUS FUND.

Black Kite


Premiered at Toronto International Festival and played at 20 festivals around the world. Winner of three Leo Awards for Best Writer, Best Director, and Best Picture. Nominated for Canadian Screen Award for Best Composer.

Awesome interview with #cbc'a film critique Eli Grasner. -- I'm running a campaign on Indiegogo.jpg

In the Know

Selected Media Stories

Shore Scripts Fund Finalist

July 10, 2021

Out of 1500 entries, Qayumi's short script placed 2nd winning $10,000 in production funds.

Black Kite the big winner at a tough-minded Leo Awards

July 3, 2018

Georgia Straight

Why I Risked My Life Making a Movie in Afghanistan

Nov 30th, 2017

VICE Magazine

Tarique Qayumi wants to heal Afghanistan through the art of storytelling

Sept 6th, 2017

Q with Tom Power, CBC Radio,

Healing Through Storytelling

Feb 13, 2015

TEDxKabul Talk


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