Mahnoor Euceph is a Pakistani-American filmmaker. She immigrated from Karachi, Pakistan to Los Angeles, California when she was eight years old. In 2017, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture, with a Bachelor of Arts in Design | Media Arts and a minor in Film, TV, and Digital Media. During her undergraduate degree, she studied Art and Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London went on scholarship to study the Israel-Palestine conflict with the Olive Tree Initiative in Jordan, Israel, and Palestine, and returned to Pakistan for the first time since immigrating to work for the production company of two-time Oscar winner, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. In May 2021, she completed her Master’s of Fine Arts at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Film & Television Production, with an emphasis in comedy writing and directing, and production design. At USC, she was a George Lucas Scholar, recipient of one of the most prestigious scholarships at the school. In 2020, she art directed American Eid, Disney’s first ever Muslim story. In 2021, she made her professional directorial debut with her short film Eid Mubarak, produced by Creator+ as part of their Flip the Script Short Film Fund. In 2022, she participated in Islamic Scholarship Fund’s inaugural Muslim Centered Writers’ Lab, with support from Extracurricular and The Black List, for her feature script, Queen of Diamonds. Mahnoor is interested in creating entertaining stories about the South Asian diaspora, desi futurism, and the female gaze. Her work is injected with humor and features a hyper stylized feminine sensibility inspired by design and fine art. With her films, she seeks to decolonize the mind.
Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2023
Eid Mubarak, 2022, Mahnoor Euceph
Iman, a privileged Pakistani girl, goes with her family to buy a goat, as is the tradition in Pakistan before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Azha. She picks the cutest one, and takes it home. She spends all of her time with the goat, whom she names Barfi, after her favorite Pakistani dessert. Soon, however, she realizes that Barfi is not a pet, but a goat being raised for slaughter. She makes a plan to save Barfi's life before he can be sacrificed on Eid. Along the way, through the help of her family and friends, she learns the true meaning of sacrifice, and the reason behind Eid al-Azha.