Speaker Bio

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"I don’t see film producing as a career. I see it as a vocation. One that unites the hearts of the present, with the hearts of the past.
As it does for me. "

Abubakar Khan is a film and television producer. He is a co-founder of Diaspora Creative, a production company based in Vancouver, Canada. Since 2016, through Diaspora Creative, Abubakar and his team have excelled in creating strong story based content focused on people of colour/minorities and their untold stories.

In his earlier years, he worked extensively with the interfaith community of Canada by planning multiple citywide rallies, such as the Love Over Fear Rally against Islamophobia and the Love Over Fear Rally against Racial Discrimination.

This work, in turn led him to be a keynote speaker at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto. He has worked on multiple political campaigns on the Federal and Provincial level, while also being a candidate for the Vancouver City council election of 2018.

He recently completed production management on a feature, "Mustache" (Dir. by Imran J. Khan), and was the head of Business Affairs for the feature "Queen of Bones." (Dir. by Robert Budreau). He relies heavily on his Muslim faith and Punjabi background to inform his work and has produced twelve short films and ten commercials. In addition, he is the former vice-chair of the Canadian Media Producers Association and is a recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Norman Jewison producers' Lab. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree in Business Management from Royal Roads University.

Spoken At

Kathryn Emslie
Executive Lead, Programs – Talent Development & Content Creation, CFC

"Abubakar is insightful, curious and has an uncanny ability to identify authentic and exciting talent and projects. He has a strong, reasoned and welcomed presence, and builds community and networks wherever he goes. He combines social change with creativity, business with community, embraces innovation and yet has a wonderful respect for the past and how we have arrived at where we are today."

Shant Joshi
Fae Pictures

"Abubakar understands what is needed to move a project from conception to realization, and has an  essential awareness of who, what, where, when, why, and how to incorporate the private sector into the  financial and executive construction of a project."

Arshad Khan
gray matter productions

"I have watched Khan work his magic with people at several film festivals including Cannes 2019 and TIFF 2019. He is able to interact with people of all ethnicities, ages and all walks of life. It takes real talent to be able to move yourself to the level of the person you are interacting with and this skill comes to Abubakar naturally."

Speaking at Allies of Muslim Women

What I Speak About

Having spoken at over 150 events in the past few years, I use to my speeches on the intersections of media, interfaith, and politics to break open the echo chambers that exist in this day and age.

01. Representation in Media

02. Interfaith

03. Politics & Social Justice