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Maheen Sadiq

Documentary Filmmaker

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsProducer - Film - Director - Film - TV Presenter


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About me

I am a Pakistani-Canadian documentary filmmaker and journalist based in the UK and Pakistan. My work primarily focuses on current affairs, investigative journalism and human rights. In the past, my work has highlighted issues of child marriages, female infanticide, bonded labour and the impact of terrorism on women. ​ My most recent film Discarded Daughters was covered by BBC Woman's Hour, BBC Asian Network and the Guardian which highlighted the documentary as its pick of the day. I also produced and hosted Pakistan: On the Frontlines, an episode for the Emmy-nominated WOMAN by Gloria Steinem. My work has been featured locally and internationally on media channels spanning 3 continents including BBC, Channel 4, Vice, Huffington Post, Marie Claire, Dawn, Express Tribune, Hindustan Times and Aaj News.

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  • Director
  • Producer
  • Presenter
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Documentaries

Work history


Co-Director & Producer "Sacred Hearts"

Reveal - Center of Investigative Reporting

Nov 2016 - Apr 2017
  • Pakistan
  • Freelance
  • Co-Director and Producer of "Sacred Hearts" A real-time and animated documentary following the lives of three women – Tabassum, Saima and Fatima – fighting for change against bonded labour, child marriages and terrorism despite receiving death threats.


Co-producer "Lyari Boxing Girls"

Lifetime / TED Women

Jun 2016 - Oct 2016
  • Karachi, Pakistan
  • Freelance
  • In Lyari, Pakistan - called "the Colombia of Karachi" because of the tightening grip of rival gangs and widespread drug culture - a group of female boxers are taking ownership of their fate


Producer & Presenter "Discarded Daughters"


Feb 2016 - Dec 2016
  • Pakistan
  • Freelance
  • Producer & Presenter of "Discarded Daughters" A documentary which looks at the culture of boy preference and its dire consequences for girls as many have gone missing due to gender selective abortion, infanticide and abandonment.


Co-Producer & Presenter "Pakistan - On the Frontline"


Oct 2015 - Apr 2016
  • Pakistan
  • Freelance
  • Producer & Presenter of "Pakistan: On the Frontline" Part of the Emmy-nominated series WOMAN by Gloria Steinem Traveled across the borderline of Pakistan and Afghanistan to see how women have been affected by extremism and how they are defending themselves.


Documentary Producer

SOC Films

Jan 2014 - Apr 2017
  • Karachi, Pakistan
  • Full Time
  • SOC Films is a two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning documentary production house run by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. My responsibilities included: sourcing stories, finding characters, liaising with clients, applying for film grants, managing budgets, organizing shoots, field production, interviewing characters on and off camera, directing the technical team on location, sitting on edits with the post-production team, and seeing the handover of the final deliverable to the client.


Multimedia Producer


Nov 2012 - Apr 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Assisted in the production of content for and script-writing and producing audio material for BBC Urdu’s live radio show Sairbeen which aired every weekday at 3pm.



Bachelor Arts

University of Toronto

Sep 2006
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Major in Film Studies and Criminology Minor in Psychology Graduated with a Distinction


Masters in Multimedia Journalism

Bournemouth University

Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
  • Bournemouth, United Kingdom
  • Graduated with a Merit