Kattan created Enlightenment Productions and EBS Digital in partnership with Shamim Sarif.
Enlightenment Productions were Winner of the Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2014, Best Creative and Media Sector Business.
EBS Digital were Highly Commended in the Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2014 in the section for Best Business for Marketing and Social Media.
Kattan has produced three feature films through Enlightenment Productions including 1950s South African drama/love story The World Unseen and contemporary urban romantic comedy I Can't Think Straight. She also conceived the 2010 TEDx Holy Land Conference, which brought together Arab and Israeli women to discuss issues of mutual interest in technology, entertainment and design, which then became the subject of the 2011 documentary film, The House of Tomorrow, directed by Sarif.
Shamim Sarif is a British novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. Her roots inspired her to write her debut novel, The World Unseen, which explores issues of race, gender and sexuality, which she later adapted into a film. Producer Hanan Kattan and Sarif make a formidable pair. Together since 1997 (they married when civil partnership was legalized in the U.K and have two sons), the two have joined forces and formed the London-based Enlightenment Productions.
At Cannes Festival 2013 Shamim Sarif and Hanan announced their new film Despite The Falling Snow. The film starring Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Oliver Jackson -Cohen, Antje Traue, Sam Reid, Anthony Head, Trudi Styler and Charles Dance, is due to be released in 2015.
Kattan published her first book Grow Your Profits about online marketing in 2012 through Enlightenment Productions.
In 2013 Kattan won Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Kingston Business Awards.
On the 14th September 2014 Enlightenment Productions was announced as one of the finalists for Breaking the Mould Award, a prize aimed to promote and enhance the role of women in business.
Shamim Sarif (born September 24, 1969) is a British novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. Her roots inspired her to write her debut novel, The World Unseen, which explores issues of race, gender and sexuality, which she later adapted into a film starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. The novel won the Pendleton May First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. She has also adapted and directed a film based on her book I Can't Think Straight. Producer Hanan Kattan and novelist/filmmaker Shamim Sarif make a formidable pair. Together since 1997 (they married when civil partnership was legalized in the U.K and have two sons), the two have joined forces and formed the London-based Enlightenment Productions.
She is the recipient of Best Director awards for The World Unseen film from the South African Film and Television Awards, the Phoenix Film Festival and the Clip (Tampa) Festival.
Her 2011 film, The House of Tomorrow, is a documentary about the 2010 TEDx Holy Land Conference, which brought together Arab and Israeli women to discuss issues of mutual interest in technology, entertainment, and design.
At Cannes Festival 2013 Sarif announced her new film Despite The Falling Snow with Olga Kurylenko, Charles Dance, and Maria Furtwängler. The film will be produced by Enlightenment Productions and Hanan Kattan.
The World Unseen by Shamim Sarif
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Enlightenment (April 13, 2010)
Amazon: The World Unseen
Amazon Kindle: The World Unseen
In 1950s South Africa, apartheid is just becoming institutionalised. Free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community, and the new apartheid-led government, by running a café with Jacob her ‘coloured’ business partner. When she meets Miriam, a young traditional wife and mother, their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her. When Amina helps Miriam's sister-in-law to hide from the police, a chain of events is set in motion that changes both women forever.
In a system that divides white from black and women from men, what chance is there for an unexpected love to survive?
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