An award-winning host Sam Naz
Sam Naz is an award-winning host who loves telling stories about intelligence agencies and the unknown. BBC journalist Sam Naz developed an obsession with Second World War heroine Noor Inayat Khan over a decade ago, after seeing the article about the Muslim woman in a newspaper.
This young woman made a remarkable contribution and ultimately sacrificed herself to establish what became the Special Operations Executive, which is still in use today. Her work resonated so deeply with her family and friends that years of research ensued about the secret army of spies and saboteurs she established. Finally, her writing management skills seemed to come into their own, which led to her starring in a short-lived film that she wrote. In 2021, it will open at the Royal Laemmle Theatre in LA!
SHORT FILM SHEDS LIGHT ON 20th CENTURY WOMEN’S FATE IN NOOR
Noor Inayat Khan was a Muslim woman who became a British spy during the Second World War. She was also the first female radio operator in British history and one of the very few women to be decorated with the George Cross.
Noor’s story has been told before, but never like this. The film sheds new light on her life, her love for Britain, and her ultimate sacrifice for it.
Sky News host Sam Naz developed an obsession with Noor Inayat Khan over a decade ago, after spotting her story in a book about the war.
He started researching Noor’s life and wrote to Noor’s family members to try and uncover more information about her life and death.
The film is set to be released on May 25th, and it’s already received praise from viewers. It has also been nominated for Best Short Film at the 2019 BAFTA Awards.
Noor Inayat Khan was born in England in 1909 and was raised in India. She wanted to help her country but had to hide her identity because of the British law at that time that forbade Indians from joining their army. Noor joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) where she worked as a wireless operator and helped provide communications for Allied forces during World War II.
The idea for your short film:
The journalist in me loves digging into stories and I discovered that Noor was one of the three incredible women in the SOE.I’ve been a journalist for over ten years and I’ve always loved writing, producing, and starring in my own short films. My background as a journalist has been invaluable when it comes to making my short film.
The two women’s films are very different in their styles, but they both display the bravery and passion that these women had for their cause.
The other two, Odette Sansom and Violette Szabo, both had a film each in the 1950s dedicated to their bravery. During World War II, they were both part of the French Resistance. They fought against Nazi occupation and oppression by carrying out acts of sabotage.
In her short film about her life, Odette Sansom talks about how she was able to escape from a Nazi prison camp after being captured during a raid on her home. She was able to do this because she knew how to speak German and French which helped her get closer to the guards so that she could get information on what was happening inside the camp.
Let us Know about Liberté
Noor was a Palestinian woman who was killed in an Israeli airstrike. Her last words were “Liberté!” before she died. Noor’s story is now the focus of a novel by award-winning author, Elif Shafak. The book tells the story of Noor and her family as they struggle to survive and live with dignity, despite the difficult situation they find themselves in.
Elif Shafak is a Turkish novelist who has written many novels, short stories, and essays in both English and Turkish. She was born in Istanbul on April 15, 1962. Her novel Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a satirical indictment of the Turkish state, which she left for France in early 2000.
What was the hardest thing about making it?
The biggest challenge of making it was to make the film globally accessible. I was able to raise a lot of money through the Kickstarter campaign, but I still had to figure out how to make it accessible for people outside of France.
I think the biggest challenge was making it accessible for people outside of France. When I started filming, there were no guarantees that this would be a global pandemic and I could not afford to hire translators during production. So, I decided that my best option would be to create subtitles in all languages so that everyone could understand what was going on in the film and what they were seeing. This also made it easier for me as a filmmaker because now I didn’t have to worry about translating dialogue and subtitles myself!
What other Hardels did you face?
One of the biggest challenges that we faced was finding locations and props that would be appropriate for a Second World War period film. We had to find the right costumes that would set the scene and make it feel authentic.
The most challenging part of this project was sourcing locations, props, and costumes that were appropriate for a Second World War period film. This is because these are not common objects in modern day society. In order to create a convincing setting we had to find the right materials, locations and costumes.
She defied stereotypes about women, Asian women, and Muslim women in a time when most people believed they were unbreakable. I hope watching this film helps you see what an incredible woman she was and how she never stopped fighting for her beliefs. A hero in every sense of the word, she made the best decisions to stay loyal to her team. Her prospects were dwindling, but she remained strong and stands by her teammates even today.