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Filmmaker and Postdoctoral Fellow, Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

Azra Rashid is a Montreal-based filmmaker and postdoctoral fellow in the department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Rashid's research is focused on representations of gender in the existing discourses of genocide, testimony and the essay film. Her doctoral research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, investigates selective remembering of women’s experiences in the widely circulated images of the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh and offers a counter-narrative that emphasizes a gendered reading of that genocide.  Rashid has over ten years of experience working as a filmmaker and journalist in NYC, Toronto, Edmonton, and Karachi. She has worked on numerous documentaries on social justice issues, including her own award-winning film, Dishonour Defied, a documentary about rape and status of women in Pakistan. Rashid’s documentary on forced marriages, Unveiling the Abuse, has been incorporated into curriculum by the Toronto District School Board in Canada. Her most recent film, A Woman’s Story, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, has been broadcast on the CBC’s Documentary channel and has won numerous awards at national and international film festivals. In the past, Rashid has also worked in the NGO sector with Amnesty International, Alliance Against Modern Slavery, Ve’ahavta, and Women Won’t Forget.



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