Zara has been developing documentaries shortly upon completing her degree in 2003. Her first project in development 'Kafirs of the Hindukush' was inspired by the 1923 field work of Georg Morgenstierne in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Iran. The research work had led her to work closely with National Library of Norway and Pakistan.
Over the years Zara has worked in development with independent production companies as well as developing her own personal projects under Zygo Films. In addition to this Zara has worked as a compliance QC Editor for Broadcast and Advertising/Marketing post production facilities.
Christopher Hird is a leading figure in UK independent documentary making. He is a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Foundation and was the founding chair of the Channel Four Britdoc Foundation. He is currently a trustee of the Grierson Trust, the Wincott Foundation and the Centre for Investigative Journalism.
Christopher is also the Managing Editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
He has produced or executive produced some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years - including Black Gold (on the coffee trade), Fire in the Blood, The End of the Line and McCullin.
Tehmina Kazi took up the position of Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy in May 2009. Tehmina was shortlisted for Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2011” in the “Campaigner” category for her work. She also won an “Outstanding Achievement” Award at the Syeda Fatima Interfaith Conference at the House of Lords in June 2012.
Prior to joining BMSD, she was a Project Officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where she worked on a ground-breaking inquiry into the Human Rights Act and its impact on public service delivery, undertaking research, writing policy briefings, facilitating focus groups and interviewing victims of human rights violations. She also co-organised the first awards ceremony of its kind to acknowledge the achievements of the UK’s most powerful Muslim women, which received widespread coverage in the national press.
Since graduating in 2007, James has produced documentaries across all the major factual genres. He has just finished directing his first 60-minute, history of science film for BBC Four, but also has credits on hard-hitting current affairs programmes such as ‘Forced to Marry’ for ITV.
Working in small teams throughout his career, James has become a highly proficient camera operator and sound technician - beyond his regular production duties. He continues to develop and film his own projects, while still being involved in a number of ongoing productions in science, history and current affairs.
With over a decade’s experience in the creative industry, Emilie has worked as design lead and brand guardian for the entertainment/hospitality industry, senior designer in corporate communications and creative for a leading print company. Emilie prides herself on her creative ability to deliver visual products for a range of clients, audiences and media.