Samar Minallah Khan

Anthropologist and Filmmaker

Samar Minallah Khan is an anthropologist and a documentary film maker from Pakistan. In the media, she has been referred to as ‘The Savior of Soul’, ‘Women who rock the world’, ‘The Crusader with the Camera’ and ‘Women that changed Pakistan’. She has been a pioneer in using film and other innovative mediums of communication for social change in Pakistan. Minallah has over 20 years of progressive experience in advocacy, women and children’s causes, anthropological documentation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, social change, working in and with different media. Her commitment to ending compensation marriages in Pakistan goes a decade back. She has won several national and international awards including Vanguard Award (2015), DVF Award (2015), Women with Wings (2014), and the Asia Society Young Leader Award. Having an MPhil degree in Anthropology and Development from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, her work focuses on a culturally sensitive approach to development.

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