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Nurjahan Akhlaq was born in Lahore and raised between the US, Canada and Pakistan. 
She has a degree in filmmaking from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London. Akhlaq has previously worked in film and photography and most recently in installation and collage. Her work is influenced by a variety of sources including film, art history, archives, and the city of Lahore.  She is currently based in Lahore where she is visiting faculty at National College of Arts, and Beaconhouse University, Lahore.

Her debut short film ‘Death in the Garden of Paradise’ is an experimental film essay and elegy. The camera roams the haunted landscapes and sites of Lahore and a necropolis in Makli, creating an intensely personal and atmospheric meditation on loss and place. The film has screened at venues worldwide, including Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Anthology film Archives New York, and Kassel Documentary and Video Festival.