Hena Ashraf is a writer-director who creates subtle and multi-layered narratives with intriguing outsider characters. Born in London to parents from the subcontinent, she spent her early years in the United Kingdom before im/migrating to America. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Hena concentrated in Film & Video Studies and Political Science. She then spent several years working in NYC’s media worlds.
She is currently pursuing an MFA in Film Directing at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television, during which she’s been a recipient of the Islamic Scholarship Fund, a Motion Picture Association of America award, a Norris Foundation grant, and is currently a BAFTA Los Angeles Scholar. Hena tends to disappear into her headphones, blogs every now and then here and here, and you can find her always hating on social media.
Hena is developing and working on a trilogy of films about migrant life, starting with her UCLA advanced film, The House of Mariana y Gabriel. She is currently in production on her thesis film The Return, a hybrid film that’s informed by her relationship with her father who recently passed away while visiting relatives in India.