The Curfew Lookbook: A Screening with Shehrezad Maher

In partnership with Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, and as part of the “Community of Images” exhibition, Twelve Gates Arts presents The Curfew Lookbook, a screening event and artist talk with filmmaker Shehrezad Maher on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, from 5–7pm.

Join us for a discussion about the process of making Shehrezad Maher’s film, “The Curfew,” a narrative short script that won the Islamic Scholarship Fund’s National Film Grant and the Davey Foundation film grant. Maher will share her experiences in making narrative films and have a conversation about the storyboard, lookbook, mood board, short clips, stills, and behind-the-scenes photos, as well as host a screening of excerpts and segments from her previous films.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Twelve Gates Arts
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Admission to this program is free and open to the public.

This program is presented as part of the upcoming exhibition “Community of Images: Japanese Moving Image Artists in the US, 1960s–1970s” which will take place June 14–August 9, 2024, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Visit the Exhibition Website >>

About the Artist

Shehrezad Maher

Shehrezad Maher

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Shehrezad Maher has screened her films at institutions and festivals such as Visions du Réel, RIDM, the LA Film Forum, Anthology Film Archives, UnionDocs, and Experiments in Cinema. She was awarded a 2023 Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and won the 2023 Islamic Scholarship Fund’s National Film Grant for her narrative short script, “The Curfew.” Her feature film script, “Theory of Colors,” was one of the three projects selected for the 2023 HamptonsFilm Screenwriters Lab and received the Melissa Mathison Screenwriters Fund and the Cinestory Feature Retreat’s Hagan Hicks Underrepresented Women’s Voices Scholarship. Her work has been reviewed by publications such as Sight & Sound, Afterimage, POV Magazine, and Scroll, among others. She studied visual arts at Bennington College and earned an MFA from Yale University, where she was awarded the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize.

Twelve Gates Arts

Established in 2011, Twelve Gates Arts is a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The “gates” refer to the fortified gates that walled many ancient cities such as Delhi, Lahore, Jerusalem, and Rhodes – inside which lay the heart of each city’s art and culture, and today this reference offers perspectives on history and possibilities.


This program is co-presented by Twelve Gates Arts , Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. Major support for the “Community of Images” exhibition and programming has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Toshiba International Foundation, Pola Art Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Japan Foundation.


Cover Image: Detail of photo documentation, Ko Nakajima, Ryūdōtai Projector, 1969 © Ko Nakajima.

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