• 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.
OFFICIAL SELECTION TIFF 2017
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.
SESAME STREET AFGHANISTAN
IN THE KNOW
Selected Media Stories
FILMMAKER EXPRESSES CHILDHOOD MEMORIES THROUGH CREATIVE WRITING
April 20, 2020
Former Langara student Tarique Qayumi reveals his journey to Canada as an Afghan refugee
BLACK KITE THE BIG WINNER AT A TOUGH-MINDED LEO AWARDS
July 3, 2018
WHY I RISKED MY LIFE MAKING A MOVIE IN AFGHANISTAN
Nov 30th, 2017
TARIQUE QAYUMI WANTS TO HEAL AFGHANISTAN THROUGH THE ART OF STORYTELLING
Sept 6th, 2017
Q with Tom Power, CBC Radio,
July 1st, 2013
I discussed the need in Afghanistan for "Healing Through Storytelling" to bring the country together.