Queering Desi is a podcast that celebrates the unique experiences of South Asian LGBTQ+ people. Each week, a guest will chat with long-time community activist, writer, and Brown Girl editor Priya Arora, about their journey, their work, and what it means to be true to who you are. To help us share our stories in our own words, and take the burden of representation off each individual, this podcast aims to be a breeding ground for discussion and a platform for being loud and proud, no matter who you are!

In this episode, Priya chats with artivist, actor, producer and writer, Fawzia Mirza. Priya asks Fawzia about what it was like to emcee the Women’s March in Chicago, which opens a discussion about activism and what it means to make space at the table for those who have paved the way for us. Fawzia shares how she’s managed to infuse comedy into her art, breeding the “artivism” that fuels her. Later, the two chat about “Signature Move,” Fawzia’s first feature film, and what it was like to party with Indian film legend Shabana Azmi.

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More about Fawzia Mirza: She was named one of ’10 Filmmakers to Watch’ by Independent Magazine, a White House ‘Champion of Change’ in Asian American Art & Storytelling, a 3Arts Grant Recipient in Acting, a ‘Top 10 Creative’ by Indiewire magazine and ‘100 Ladies We Love’ by GO Magazine and is a SFFILM Society Fellow in screenwriting in San Francisco. Her short films have screened at festivals all over the world. She’s made web series and documentaries including a mockumentary “The Muslim Trump” where she plays the illegitimate Muslim daughter of Donald Trump. Her first feature film “Signature Move,” which she co-wrote, produced and stars in, has screened at over 110 film festivals all over the world and won 13 awards. It is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. You can find more information about Fawzia on her website, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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