Welcome to the Shakila Maan website. This showcases her passions and her creative output over several years. She has worked across mediums, with film and painting being her cherished forms of expression. You will also have the opportunity to have a glimpse into her writing that include screen and stage plays as well as contributions to publications. Her blog will incorporate her About Film blog while she brings new discussions to the table. Shakila will also have an opportunity to discuss her work in the community and in particular her work with women children who are victims of abuse and racism.
Graduating from the London College of Printing in 1990 with the short film ‘Ferdous’ a critique on Homosexuality in Islam, the film went on to garner acclaim and distribution in the USA.
Shakila is returning to painting after a hiatus of many decades. She explains this as ‘painting returning after having left’. She is developing a series of sketches ‘Dark Skies’ on poverty and homelessness.
The photographic work has developed from the early 80s to date. Using Medium Format, 35mm to digital, Shakila’s photographic work has ranged from street photography to images of rural Pakistan and landscapes throughout the UK.
Shakila’s writing career began in 1978 with her first play ‘Spirits’ which she directed and produced. She went on to create original theatre plays showcased at Watermans throughout the 90s.
Shakila’s work in theatre spans the late 70s through to the mid-2000s. She has been at the cutting edge of British Asian theatre collaborating with pioneers such as Hardial Rai, Parv Bancil and Parminder Sekhon.
Shakila’s activism is as a result of personal experiences of adversity while growing up in the UK. She places her activism much like her art, creativity and resistance against authority, at the heart of her activism.