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. Currently, Tarique is the Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence at UBC.
OFFICIAL SELECTION TIFF 2017
Premiered at Toronto International Festival and played at 19 festival around the world. Winner of three Leo Awards for Best Writer, Best Director, and Best Picture. Nominated for Canadian Screen Award for Best Composer.
TEDx Kabul: Healing Through Storytelling
SESAME STREET AFGHANISTAN
TRUTH UNVEILED: The Little Boy Who Disappeared
In the Know
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
"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
Tarique Qayumi wants to heal Afghanistan through the art of storytelling
Sept 6th, 2017
Q with Tom Power, CBC Radio,
July 1st, 2013