A protégé of famed British film director John Schlesinger, Asad Qureshi started work in the film industry in 1978 and has worked variously as assistant director, director, and producer. His work in the field of documentary began with The Bounty Hunter, a film that deals with the politically charged issue of forced marriage. The work received widespread critical acclaim on its release and prompted debates in the UK Parliament that led to legislation banning arranged marriage by force. Since then, Asad’s relentless quest for truth has seen him straddle continents and cultures to uncover gripping and deeply moving stories. In 2009, he made The Battle of Swat Valley for the BBC's Panorama, charting army action taken in Swat against the Taliban. In April 2011, his film Defusing Human Bombs was screened in Pakistan; it shows the rehabilitation of children kidnapped by the Taliban and trained to be suicide bombers. He had started the film in September 2009, and the project was put on hold when he was kidnapped. He then continued the project after his release. Asad’s 2010 project to film a secret peacemaking initiative among the Taliban, the Pakistan authorities, and the Western allies went disastrously wrong. He was kidnapped on March 26, 2010, by a militant group called the "Asian Tigers" in Pakistan’s federally administered tribal areas along the Afghanistan border. Asad was released in September 2010 through family negotiations after 165 days of captivity. He lives in London, England. He heads up the independent production company Avant-garde Films. https://www.165days.com/

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