FUNDAMENTALIST FILMS

Zarqa Nawaz
Zarqa Nawaz is the driving force behind Fundamentalist Films.

Born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto, had the Bachelor of Science degree from U of T in her hands when she realized that staying out of medical school would be her greatest contribution to Canada's health care system. Unfazed, she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992.

Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio, and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld, CTVís Canada AM, and CBCís The National. She was an associate producer with a number of CBC radio programs including Morningside and her radio documentary The Changing Rituals of Death won first prize in the Radio Long Documentary category and the Chairmanís Award in Radio Production at the Ontario Telefest Awards.

Bored with journalism, Nawaz took a summer film workshop at the Ontario College for Art and made BBQ Muslims, a short film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1996. Her next short film, Death Threat also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1998. Other short film credits include Fredís Burqa and Random Check. In 2005, Nawazís documentary entitled Me and the Mosque, a co-production with the National Film Board and the CBC, was broadcast on CBCís Rough Cuts. She has recently finished a feature- length screenplay entitled Real Terrorists Donít Belly Dance.