Jamil Dehlavi

Associate Professor
School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Email: jamil.dehlavi@ahss.habib.edu.pk

Jamil Dehlavi is an independent filmmaker of Pakistani and French origin. Son of a diplomat who travelled extensively between Asia and Europe, he is fluent in five languages. He studied at Karachi Grammar School, then at international schools in Paris and Rome before going to Rugby School and Oxford University. He graduated with a BA in Politics and French Literature and an MA (Hons) in Jurisprudence.

He was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn but never practised, preferring instead to go into the world of cinema. Dehlavi studied film directing at Columbia University in New York where he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts. While studying there he also trained as an actor with Stella Adler and made his first feature film Towers of Silence which he wrote, produced and directed. It won the Grand Prize at the Festival of the Americas. His next film The Blood of Hussain was selected by the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes and won the Grand Prize at the Taormina Film Festival.

Subsequently Dehlavi has made numerous international award-winning feature films and has also worked on various projects for the BBC, Channel Four, French Television, the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Radio & Visual Services Division at the United Nations. Currently he is an Associate Professor at Habib University Karachi where he is teaching filmmaking.


  • BA  French Literature & Politics, Oxford University
  • MA (Hons)  Jurisprudence, Oxford University
  • Barrister-at-Law  Lincoln’s Inn, London
  • MFA  Film Directing  Columbia University, New York



  • The Guitarist
      Gold Medal  Atlanta International Film Festival
  • Towers of Silence (starring Judy Van Hook & Jamil Dehlavi)
      Grand Prize Best Experimental Film Festival of the Americas
  • The Blood of Hussain (starring Salman Peerzada, Kika Markham & Durriya Kazi)
      Director’s Fortnight  Cannes Film Festival
      Grand Prize  Taormina Film Festival
      Gold Award  Houston Film Festival
      Critic’s Choice London Film Festival
      Nominated for a Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival
  • QÂF – The Sacred Mountain
      Best Environmental Film  Jackson Hole Mountain Film Festival
      Special Jury Award  Telluride Mountain Film Festival
      Silver Gentian Best Mountain Film  Trento Mountain Film Festival
      Diable d’Or  Les Diablerets Switzerland
      Best Environmental Documentary  Houston Film Festival
  • Born of Fire (starring Peter Firth & Suzan Crowley)
      Official Selection  Avoriaz Film Festival
      Gold Award  Best Feature Film  Houston Film Festival
      Catalan Award  Imagfic Madrid
      Nominated for a Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival
  • Immaculate Conception (starring Melissa Leo, James Wilby, Shabana Azmi, & Zia Mohyeddin)
      Official Selection Panorama Berlin International Film Festival
      Special Jury Prize  Dinard Film Festival
      Nominated for a Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival
  • Passover (starring Jorge de Juan & Belen Fernandez)
  • Passion in the Desert (Starring Ben Daniels & Michel Piccoli)
  • Jinnah (starring Christopher Lee, James Fox, Maria Aitkin & Shashi Kapoor)
      Gold Award Best Foreign Film  Worldfest Flagstaff
      Silver Award  Houston Film Festival
      Grand Prize  Zanzibar International Film Festival
      Nominated for a Golden Pyramid  Cairo Film Festival
      Best International Film World Film Awards Indonesia
  • Infinite Justice (starring Kevin Collins & Raza Jaffrey)
      FIPRESCI International Critics Prize
      Best European Feature Film  European Independent Film Festival, Paris
      Robert Rodriguez Prize for Excellence  Hollywood DV Festival
      Critic’s Prize  Amiens International Film Festival
      Audience Award  Florence River to River Festival
      Special Jury Award  Worldfest Houston
      Best Supporting Actor (Raza Jaffrey) Karafilm Festival, Karachi
  • Godforsaken (starring Annabel Wright, Trevor White & Nick Ashdon)
      Golden Palm Award  Mexico International Film Festival
      Special Jury Remi and Best International Film Award  Worldfest Houston
      Best Actress Nomination (Annabel Wright) Milan Internatonal Film Festival
  • Seven Lucky Gods (starring Nik Xhelilaj, Christopher Villiers,
    Alison Peebles, Kate Maravan, Alexandra Boyd & Vernon Dobtcheff)
    Grand Prize Tirana International Film Festival, Albania
    Best Feature Film Canada International Film Festival
    Gold Lion Award Barcelona International Film Festival
    Best Feature Film Delhi International Film Festival
    Best Feature Film Honolulu Film Awards, Hawaii
    Special Jury Prize Worldfest Houston
    Best Actor (Nik Xhelilaj) Worldfest Houston
    Best Actress Nomination (Alison Peebles) Worldfest Houston
    Best Original Screenplay St Tropez International Film Festival
    Best Lead Actress (Alison Peebles) St Tropez International Film Festival
    Bronze Palm Award Mexico International Film Festival
    Best Foreign Film Nomination Phoenix Film Festival
    Best Production Design Nomination (Jamil Dehlavi) MIFF Awards Milan
    Best Supporting Actress Nomination (Kate Maravan) MIFF Awards Milan
    In Competition London International Film Festival, Hoboken International Film Festival, Salento International Film Festival.
  • Blood Money(starring Erick Hayden & Adnan Jaffar)
    Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner