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M.A. Elhum Shakerifar


Elhum Shakerifar is a documentary film producer whose anthropology background informs her approach to film.   Elhum is currently producing feature documentary The Runner by Saeed Taji Farouky, an international co-production about a long distance runner from the Western Sahara, which has been endorsed by the Irish Film Board.


Elhum is co-Founder and co-Director of award-winning collective Postcode Films, who work with schools, colleges, universities and community groups to facilitate film projects that promote active citizenship and social inclusion. As such, she teaches practical documentary filmmaking on a regular basis, most recently at UCL and UEA. Postcode’s work was most recently screened at the London Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. In 2010, Postcode was awarded a C-SAP (Higher Education Academy Subject Network for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics) Award for translating anthropological knowledge into everyday contexts.


Elhum is also a research fellow of the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University with extensive experience of working with young refugees and running participatory projects. She is a member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and a past recipient of BIPS and AHRC funding.


Recent Publications include:

-       “New Londoners: Reflections on Home,” co-authored with Yesim Deveci,

in Kontur Tidskrift journal (Issue 15; Spring 2009)

-       Review of The Documentary by Belinda Smaill for New Cinemas journal

(Autumn 2010)

-       “Visual Representations of Transgenders in Iran,” in Iranian

Studies(Volume 44, Number 3; May 2011)

-       Rehabilitating Separated Children through Holistic Community-based

Models, co-authored with Jessica Muir, Transnational Justice series,

Intersentia Publishers, (forthcoming 2011)