FILMS BY SHAMIM

Shamim is a Multi-Award-Winning Director for Feature Films and TV

With her partner, producer Hanan Kattan, she owns London-based Enlightenment Productions, as well as film companies in Canada.

Enlightenment has produced film adaptations of Shamim’s novels, I Can’t Think Straight, The World Unseen, and Despite the Falling Snow, along with a powerful documentary The House of Tomorrow.

Please check the Enlightenment Productions website for more on these projects.

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Despite the Falling Snow

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
A film by Shamim Sarif, starring Rebecca Ferguson & Charles Dance
Despite the Falling Snow, winner of 13 awards

Despite the Falling Snow

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
A film by Shamim Sarif, starring Rebecca Ferguson & Charles Dance
In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya (Rebecca Ferguson) secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander (Sam Reid), the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him.

When Alexander unwittingly closes the net around his own wife, Katya decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect him… A sacrifice that is only discovered thirty years later by an older Alexander (Charles Dance).

REVIEWS

“If you liked Brooklyn, you’ll love this film.”

~ Now Magazine

The World Unseen

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
A film by Shamim Sarif, starring Lisa Ray & Sheetal Sheth
The World Unseen, winner of 23 international awards Shamim Sarif

In 1950s South Africa, free-spirited young Amina has broken all the rules of the apartheid government and her own conventional community by running a café. When she meets Miriam, a young traditional wife and mother, their unexpected attraction turns their world upside down

REVIEWS

“Visual poetry”

~ Variety

The World Unseen, winner of 23 international awards Shamim Sarif
The World Unseen, Toronto International film festival Shamim Sarif
The World Unseen, winner of 23 international awards Shamim Sarif
The World Unseen, Toronto International film festival Shamim Sarif

The World Unseen

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
A film by Shamim Sarif, starring Lisa Ray & Sheetal Sheth

In 1950s South Africa, free-spirited young Amina has broken all the rules of the apartheid government and her own conventional community by running a café. When she meets Miriam, a young traditional wife and mother, their unexpected attraction turns their world upside down

REVIEWS

“Visual poetry”

~ Variety

I Can’t Think Straight

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
A film by Shamim Sarif, starring Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth & Nina Wadia.
I Can't Think Straight winner of 11 International Awards

I Can’t Think Straight

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
A film by Shamim Sarif, starring Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth & Nina Wadia.

Tala, a London-based Palestinian, is preparing for her Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend.

Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate and goes deeper than friendship. But Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made for her and escapes back to Jordan, while Leyla tries to move on with her new-found life, to the shock of her tradition-loving parents.

As Tala’s wedding day approaches, simmering tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself.

Moving between the vast enclaves of Middle Eastern high society and the stunning backdrop of London’s West End, I Can’t Think Straight explores the clashes between East and West, love and marriage, conventions and individuality, creating a humorous and tender story of unexpected love and unusual freedoms.

REVIEWS

“Sensual, witty and elegant… in exploring the eternal conflict between love and duty in a fresh, provocative way, Sarif demonstrates that she is a filmmaker of exceptional promise.”

~ LA Times

The House of Tomorrow

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
The House of Tomorrow winner audience award cinema du monde shamim sarif

The House of Tomorrow t​akes a new approach to an old conflict inspired by the forward vision of extraordinary women who are changing their own worlds a step at a time – not by overlooking the conflict but by seeing what people can do despite it.

Inspired by the TEDxHolyLand conference and shot on location, the film takes us from the high rises of Tel Aviv to the holy sites and bustling markets of Jerusalem; from the cobbled lanes of Bethlehem to the expanding streets of Ramallah, capturing the energy and tension of a world defined by its clashing viewpoints. A contemporary and lively documentary, The House of Tomorrow chooses to focus on the future and to encourage the idea that people can have a hand in their own destinies, however unlikely and whatever the odds.

The House of Tomorrow winner audience award cinema du monde shamim sarif
The House of Tomorrow winner audience award cinema du monde shamim sarif

The House of Tomorrow

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions

The House of Tomorrow t​akes a new approach to an old conflict inspired by the forward vision of extraordinary women who are changing their own worlds a step at a time – not by overlooking the conflict but by seeing what people can do despite it.

Inspired by the TEDxHolyLand conference and shot on location, the film takes us from the high rises of Tel Aviv to the holy sites and bustling markets of Jerusalem; from the cobbled lanes of Bethlehem to the expanding streets of Ramallah, capturing the energy and tension of a world defined by its clashing viewpoints. A contemporary and lively documentary, The House of Tomorrow chooses to focus on the future and to encourage the idea that people can have a hand in their own destinies, however unlikely and whatever the odds.

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