Art, Creativity & Culture

  • Insha e Noor: Threads of Empowerment

    This short film on the paper-cutting craft of Saanjhi and how it is transforming the lives of women from Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. The women cut patterns of jaalis, motifs, and patterns from the Mughal-era monuments situated in Nizamuddin, and create products like lamps, screens, tea-lights, bookm...

  • The Gold Finial of Humayun's Tomb

    The story of the creation of the Humayun's Tomb gold finial, which had a team of architects, engineers, scientists and traditional craftsmen - carpenters, copper-smiths, gilders - working towards this mammoth restoration effort for two years.

  • The Guy with the Mask

    Is it art or a stylish way to ask for charity? ls it a temporary or seasonal occupation or a real job? Is it simply clichéd or challenging and creative? The living statue catches the attention of passer-bys with its autonomous imaginative powerful presence in the heart of the larger cities.

  • Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti: A Cultural Revival

    Since 2007, the Aga Khan Development Network led Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative has been undertaking various initiatives to revitalise the historical city centre of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Area. This film showcases how the renewal initiative harnessed the cultural assets of Nizamuddin Basti to...

  • The Making of the Jameel Gallery

    London’s V&A has one of the world’s finest collections of Islamic art. This film follows the creation and achievement of the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art at the V&A. Beginning with the removal of the Ardabil Carpet from the old gallery display, and then travelling through to the USA, Iran and Ja...

  • Allah Made Me Funny

    Featuring live stand-up performances by Azhar Usman, Preacher Moss and Mohammed Amer as well as behind the scenes sequences highlighting the individual comedians. The trio poke fun at Muslims and non-Muslims alike and their comedic material plays with stereotypes to invite people to think outside...