Ahmen Khawaja is a British-Pakistani filmmaker. Following her passion for storytelling and film, she went to work in Broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking after obtaining her MA in International Journalism in 2013. She has worked for the BBC as a digital journalist for almost a decade. In 2022, her idea for a documentary was short-listed for a mentorship grant by academy-award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in partnership with the Scottish Documentary Institute. She directed her first documentary, ‘My mother’s daughter’ in 2022.
Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2023
My Mother’s Daughter, 2022, Ahmen Khawaja & Mariam Khan
Mehak was 13 when she was abducted by a man known to her family. He repeatedly raped her and forced her to convert to Islam. She managed to escape but not before making a shocking discovery that changed her life forever.