Aisha Jamal is a Toronto-based filmmaker, academic and film programmer. Her short films have played in festivals and venues worldwide. “A Kandahar Away” is her first feature film. She holds a PhD in German cinema from the University of Toronto and currently teaches part-time film theory and criticism at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada. She also works as Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and as Head of Programming for Syria Film Fest. Along with filmmaker Maya Bedward she hosts a podcast called “The Gaze,” which discusses issues of gender and race in cinema.