Shamim Sarif


British writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist screenwriter, and feature film director.
Shamim latest feature as writer/director is Despite the Falling Snow, which releases theatrically in the UK in April 2016. The movie stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible 5, Girl on a Train) and Charles Dance and is an epic story of love and betrayal in cold war Russia based on her second novel, published by Hodder Headline and St Martins Press to universal acclaim.
Her first feature film ‘I Can’t Think Straight’ won 11 awards. Her follow up movie ‘The World Unseen’ had its debut at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival before going on to garner 23 awards internationally, including 11 SAFTAs (South African Film Awards). Her third film, a documentary called The House of Tomorrow, was shot on location in Israel and Palestine.
The World Unseen book won the Pendleton May First Novel Award, and the prestigious Betty Trask Award. It was selected for inclusion at all the major UK book festivals, including Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Edinburgh.
Her next book and film, The Artemis Protocol, is a contemporary action thriller with female protagonists. As with all her films, it is produced by Shamim’s wife and partner in Enlightenment Productions, Hanan Kattan
An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Her corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Citibank in London and Viacom in New York.

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I Can't Think Straight
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,890. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
'a brilliantly executed, romantic, sexy, and heart-warming Tala, a London-based Palestinian, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend. A funny and touching love story of two women, I Can’t Think Straight explores the clash between East and West, conventions & individuality
Despite the Falling Snow
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,640. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
An epic and passionate story of love and betrayal, set in Cold War Moscow and modern day America. Alexander Ivanov defected 40 years ago from the Soviet government. Only now can he find out the truth about what happened to his enigmatic late wife Katya. The novel's journey back to the snowbound streets of post-Stalinist Moscow reveals a precarious, dangerous world of secrets and treachery.
The World Unseen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,720. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Winner of the Pendleton May First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award, The World Unseen is a captivating human drama and love story between two women who discover universal truths about integrity, justice and finding your voice in 1950's South Africa. 'Elegant and understated' The Times

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