Tarique Qayumi

Writer • Director



Tarique Qayumi was born in Afghanistan and came to Canada as a refugee. He attended the School of Creative Writing at UBC and received his MFA from UCLA. Following graduation, he went on to direct the feature Targeting (14) and was the executive producer of Sesame Street for Afghanistan before joining the NSI Corus Diverse TV Director Program. Black Kite (17), which premiered at TIFF, is his newest film. It has won three Leo Awards: Best Writer, Best Direction, and Best Picture.


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.



Reel 2020

TEDx Kabul: Healing Through Storytelling


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

In the Know

Media Stories

Composer Jaap Nico Hamburger to release ‘Chamber Symphonies Nos 1 and 2’ with Leaf Music

August 26, 2020

Award-winning Canadian Filmmaker, Tarique Qayumi, created this moving film about young children subjected to the horrors of war, which was further heightened by Jaap’s symphony.

Filmmaker expresses childhood memories through creative writing

April 20, 2020

Former Langara student Tarique Qayumi reveals his journey to Canada as an Afghan refugee

Film Nominees
2019 Achievment in Music - Original Score

Feb 20, 2019

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Screen Awards.

Meet the 2019 NSI Totally Television students

Nov 14, 2018

National Screen Institute

Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence

August 20, 2018

UBC Theater and Film 2018/19

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

July 3, 2018

Georgia Straight

"Black Kite" director Tarique Qayumi on his love for Afghanistan, despite its dangers

June 1st, 2018

Globe and Mail

Tarique Qayumi on his film "Black Kite"

Jan 31st, 2018

Face 2 Face with David Peck

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,

Kabul Camera

July 1st, 2013

UCLA Magazine



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