Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 15, 2009 by Nur Meryem Seja

Lena Khan is a 24 year old independent filmmaker from California. She’s smart, talented, and is paving the way for Muslim women in the film industry.Hijabtrendz recently had the chance to catch up with her and talk about her latest project and how she got her start in film.

Hijabtrendz: What made you decide to become a filmmaker? Where did you go to school and what did you major in?Lena Khan:I went into college thinking I wanted to be a professor. Just before finishing undergrad I got a feeling that there was such a large bulk of America that received most of their education on the world and social issues not from professors but from movies.

I had already known and had regularly bemoaned the portrayal of Muslims in cinema, whether it was in “The Siege” where a man is obviously shown making wudu` (ritual ablution) before hijacking a plane, or in “Black Hawk Down” where militants and “enemies” are shown while the call to prayer rings in the background.

I figured instead of complaining about it I would just be the one to make the movies myself and educate the public through films that entertain but have a message.

So after I received my bachelors degrees in political science and history I went to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

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