Afia Nathaniel was born in Quetta, Pakistan, grew up in Lahore, and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Columbia University’s Film Directing program. She directed the short films “Nadah” (2003), “Toba Tek Singh” (2005) and “Long After” (2006). Dukhtar (Daughter, 2014) is her debut feature.
The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee selected Afia’s Dukhtar for Oscar consideration. The committee has also nominated Dukhtar in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 87th Academy Awards, scheduled to take place on February 22, 2015.
Dukhtar (English: Daughter) is a 2014 Pakistani drama-thriller film directed by Afia Nathaniel.The film stars Samiya Mumtaz, Mohib Mirza, Saleha Aref, Asif Khan, Ajab Gul and Samina Ahmad. The film is Afia Nathaniel’s feature directorial debut, she also wrote and produce the film about a mother and a ten-year-old daughter, who leave their home to save the girl from an arranged marriage to a tribal leader.
While talking about her film, Afia says, “In 1999, I heard a story which refused to leave me. It was the story of young mother in Pakistan who kidnapped her daughters, ran away from her husband, and was pursued relentlessly by her family. What remained in my mind was the vision of this one woman and her extraordinary courage.”