After leaving his career in the financial industry, Tariq studied at the New York Film Academy before founding Unusuality Productions in 2005 and enjoying success with his directorial debut Belonging, a feature documentary about hope and home, longing and belonging, which followed the story of his family fleeing Palestine. Belonging screened in competition at eight film festivals around the world and was praised by critics as “one of the most tender, thoughtful, informative films about the Palestinian story ever made.”
Tariq then studied at the University of Westminster in London, graduating with an M.A. (with Merit) in Directing for Film and Television. His graduation film Room Service enjoyed success on the festival circuit – winning the Gold Kahuna Award at the Honolulu Film Awards 2012, and being selected as part of the Official Competition at 2012’s New York City International Film Festival and the Vegas Cine Fest. Since then, Tariq has continued to expand Unusuality Productions and his body of work as a director. One of his more recent shorts, The Code, has been selected as part of the Official Competition at 2013’s London Independent Film Festival and Orlando Film Festival. He is currently in post-production on a short experimental dance film, From Here, and also on a feature-length docu-fiction entitled Palestine Lost.
Tariq is also the founder of the Let’s All Be Free Project – a creative, cross- platform initiative that explores what ‘being free’ means to people all around the world. One aspect of this project is the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival, of which Tariq is also the artistic director.
Tariq also has extensive experience in diversity training and conflict resolution, and in the past has facilitated Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups – this aim of promoting greater insight and understanding around vital issues is a passion that runs through all his work.
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