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 and is currently finishing her MFA in Film Directing at UCLA. Her work has been supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Tribeca Film Institute, Islamic Scholarship Fund, Norris Foundation, BAFTA Los Angeles, MPAA, and most recently she was awarded a Wasserman Film Production Fellowship, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Thesis Award, and an ISF National Film Grant.
Hena’s work focuses on the trials and traumas of migrant life, centering queer migrants of colour and commenting upon the dilemmas of faith starting with her film The House of Mariana y Gabriel. She is currently working on The Return, a documentary-hybrid film informed by her relationship with her father who recently passed away while visiting relatives in India.