Biography

Encompassing photography, theatre and cinema, visual artist Nadira Amrani’s work reflects her interest in the duality of identity. Inspired by complex characters, she loves to direct comedic and sometimes surreal stories, particularly about women and people of colour.

Signed to the British Production Company Blink in Soho, Amrani has directed numerous commercial campaigns, music videos and films for art galleries such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Britain. She directed Nike’s first Modest wear campaign, which featured British Muslim sportswomen and athletes, and she regularly directs music videos for artists signed to Sony and other record labels. Her first cinematic short film, Fly (2018), with British female rapper Flohio, premiered at the British Film Institute Film Festival (2018) in collaboration with Film London.

She has curated film screenings for the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Institute for Contemporary Arts, London. In 2019, she directed the play Different Sands with the Lemon House Theatre company. The play was staged at London’s Bunker Theatre. In 2016, she founded POC (People Of Colours), a collective of directors of colour, to promote diversity in the film industry. She is also an active member of FREE THE WORK.

Amrani earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (2014), where she also took modules in Arabic, film studies and art history.

Born in 1993 in Manchester, Amrani currently lives and works near London in Margate.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Film Platform Short Film Production Grant awardee (2020)