How Lena Khan Became Hollywood's First Hijabi Director

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As a child, Lena Khan was obsessed with American films. Now, she’s bringing her own stories to the big screen as Hollywood’s first hijabi director. Her debut film, 2017's The Tiger Hunter, received critical praise and led her to more opportunities in the industry. Though it wasn’t always easy, Lena attributes her success in part to her decision to simply stay herself.

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Alex Clark is a video journalist and filmmaker covering social inequality, the internet and American politics. He's a Senior Producer at GMG and instructs video at Columbia Journalism School.