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independent film production | toronto
SK enlightenment films canada independent production company logo
independent film production | toronto
SK enlightenment films canada independent production company logo
independent film production
toronto

Welcome to
SK Enlightenment Films Canada

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SK Enlightenment Films Canada is an independent production company based in Toronto, focused on developing and producing stories by women (writers & directors), from women (developers, producers & crew) and primarily for female audiences.

Our Focus

Our focus on a clear niche of female-centric stories comes from a place of deep authenticity, aligned with the values and past experiences and successes of the founders, who are BAME and LGBTQI+ women.

sk enlightenment films women centric scene from despite falling snow
sk enlightenment films women centric scene from despite falling snow

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower diverse talent by creating entertaining, commercially viable, quality content aligned with our ideals of feminism, social impact and humanism.

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Films

Polarized

Official Poster & Feature Film Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
Written and directed by Shamim Sarif, starring Holly Deveaux and Maxine Denis, produced by Hanan Kattan and Juliette Hagopian.

In a fading small town, Lisa goes to work at a ‘vertical farm’ – the kind of new science that she blames for pushing traditional farms, like her family’s, out of business. Dalia and her successful, Muslim family own this new farm – and they struggle to find a welcoming place in the local community. Weeks before Dalia’s wedding, a heated encounter between the two young women exposes deep prejudices and results in Lisa losing her job. But it’s only the start of an unexpected connection between two women from the same town, but very different worlds. As the pair enjoy a growing friendship and attraction, they will have to break the barriers of race, religion and class that keep them apart, or risk settling for the lives their families have laid out for them.

Polarized film by Shamim Sarif
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Polarized

Official Poster & Feature Film Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
Written and directed by Shamim Sarif, starring Holly Deveaux and Maxine Denis, produced by Hanan Kattan and Juliette Hagopian.

Polarized film by Shamim Sarif
Despite the Falling Snow movie, winner of 13 awards

In a fading small town, Lisa goes to work at a ‘vertical farm’ – the kind of new science that she blames for pushing traditional farms, like her family’s, out of business. Dalia and her successful, Muslim family own this new farm – and they struggle to find a welcoming place in the local community. Weeks before Dalia’s wedding, a heated encounter between the two young women exposes deep prejudices and results in Lisa losing her job. But it’s only the start of an unexpected connection between two women from the same town, but very different worlds. As the pair enjoy a growing friendship and attraction, they will have to break the barriers of race, religion and class that keep them apart, or risk settling for the lives their families have laid out for them.

Despite the Falling Snow Movie Poster USA Version
Despite the Falling Snow movie, winner of 13 awards

Despite the Falling Snow

Official US Poster & UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
A film by Shamim Sarif, starring Rebecca Ferguson & Charles Dance

In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya (Rebecca Ferguson) secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander (Sam Reid), the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him.

When Alexander unwittingly closes the net around his own wife, Katya decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect him… A sacrifice that is only discovered thirty years later by an older Alexander (Charles Dance).

reviews

“If you liked Brooklyn, you’ll love this film.”
~ Now Magazine

Despite the Falling Snow

Official US Poster & UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions
A film by Shamim Sarif, starring Rebecca Ferguson & Charles Dance

Despite the Falling Snow Movie Poster USA Version
Despite the Falling Snow movie, winner of 13 awards

In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya (Rebecca Ferguson) secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander (Sam Reid), the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him.

When Alexander unwittingly closes the net around his own wife, Katya decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect him… A sacrifice that is only discovered thirty years later by an older Alexander (Charles Dance).

reviews

“If you liked Brooklyn, you’ll love this film.”
~ Now Magazine

The House of Tomorrow

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions

The House of Tomorrow t​akes a new approach to an old conflict inspired by the forward vision of extraordinary women who are changing their own worlds a step at a time – not by overlooking the conflict but by seeing what people can do despite it.

Inspired by the TEDxHolyLand conference and shot on location, the film takes us from the high rises of Tel Aviv to the holy sites and bustling markets of Jerusalem; from the cobbled lanes of Bethlehem to the expanding streets of Ramallah, capturing the energy and tension of a world defined by its clashing viewpoints. A contemporary and lively documentary, The House of Tomorrow chooses to focus on the future and to encourage the idea that people can have a hand in their own destinies, however unlikely and whatever the odds.

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The House of Tomorrow, winner audience award cinema du monde

The House of Tomorrow

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions

the house of tomorrow movie poster
The House of Tomorrow, winner audience award cinema du monde

The House of Tomorrow t​akes a new approach to an old conflict inspired by the forward vision of extraordinary women who are changing their own worlds a step at a time – not by overlooking the conflict but by seeing what people can do despite it.

Inspired by the TEDxHolyLand conference and shot on location, the film takes us from the high rises of Tel Aviv to the holy sites and bustling markets of Jerusalem; from the cobbled lanes of Bethlehem to the expanding streets of Ramallah, capturing the energy and tension of a world defined by its clashing viewpoints. A contemporary and lively documentary, The House of Tomorrow chooses to focus on the future and to encourage the idea that people can have a hand in their own destinies, however unlikely and whatever the odds.

the house of tomorrow movie poster
The House of Tomorrow, winner audience award cinema du monde

The House of Tomorrow

Official UK Trailer | Enlightenment Productions

The House of Tomorrow t​akes a new approach to an old conflict inspired by the forward vision of extraordinary women who are changing their own worlds a step at a time – not by overlooking the conflict but by seeing what people can do despite it.

Inspired by the TEDxHolyLand conference and shot on location, the film takes us from the high rises of Tel Aviv to the holy sites and bustling markets of Jerusalem; from the cobbled lanes of Bethlehem to the expanding streets of Ramallah, capturing the energy and tension of a world defined by its clashing viewpoints. A contemporary and lively documentary, The House of Tomorrow chooses to focus on the future and to encourage the idea that people can have a hand in their own destinies, however unlikely and whatever the odds.

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about us

about hanan kattan sk enlightenment films canada

Hanan Kattan

Founder | SK Enlightenment Films | Canada

Hanan is a multi-award-winning film producer whose most recent film, Despite the Falling Snow, is the recipient of 13 awards and stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible) and Charles Dance. She is currently developing a slate of movie and TV projects focused on female protagonists and filmmakers, including The Athena Protocol for TV alongside Village Roadshow.

Hanan’s first feature film I Can’t Think Straight debuted at Palm Springs Festival and won 11 awards. Her follow up movie The World Unseen had its debut at Toronto Film Festival before going on to garner 23 awards internationally. Her 2011 feature documentary and directorial debut, The House of Tomorrow was inspired by the TEDxHolyLand conference that Hanan co-curated in Jerusalem.

Hanan is a member of BAFTA and Women in Film. She was selected for the TIFF Producers Lab and has spoken on panels at conferences such as DLD Women as well as at BAFTA and the BFI. She has also raised money for causes including the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Hanan also maintains and actively grows a portfolio of investment properties in the UK and US.

Shamim Sarif

Founder | SK Enlightenment Films | Canada

Writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, feature film director, and director for premium series, including the latest season of YOU for Netflix/Warner.

Shamim’s latest feature film as a writer/director and co-producer, Polarized, has just completed and debuts at Berlin’s EFM in Feb 2023.

Her latest books, The Athena Protocol and The Shadow Mission, (HarperCollins) are being developed as a series with Village Roadshow and Gran Via Productions (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), with Shamim writing the pilot. She is developing five further series concepts.

Her previous features as writer/director include Despite the Falling Snow, starring Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance. The film garnered 13 awards.

Her first feature film as writer/director, I Can’t Think Straight debuted at Palm Springs Film Festival and won 11 awards. Her follow up movie The World Unseen debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering 23 awards internationally.

As well as YOU, her other series directing credits include SkyMed (Paramount+), Moonshine (eOne) and Diggstown (CBC/Fox)

Shamim is of South Asian descent and identifies as LGBTQIA+. Her work has always focused on diversity, feminism, social impact and humanism.

An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney.

Shamim was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2019. She is also a member of BAFTA, the WGA, the Director’s Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association.

about shamim sarif sk enlightenment films canada
about shamim sarif sk enlightenment films canada

Shamim Sarif

Founder | SK Enlightenment Films | Canada

Writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, feature film director, and director for premium series, including the latest season of YOU for Netflix/Warner.

Shamim’s latest feature film as a writer/director and co-producer, Polarized, has just completed and debuts at Berlin’s EFM in Feb 2023.

Her latest books, The Athena Protocol and The Shadow Mission, (HarperCollins) are being developed as a series with Village Roadshow and Gran Via Productions (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), with Shamim writing the pilot. She is developing five further series concepts.

Her previous features as writer/director include Despite the Falling Snow, starring Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance. The film garnered 13 awards.

Her first feature film as writer/director, I Can’t Think Straight debuted at Palm Springs Film Festival and won 11 awards. Her follow up movie The World Unseen debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering 23 awards internationally.

As well as YOU, her other series directing credits include SkyMed (Paramount+), Moonshine (eOne) and Diggstown (CBC/Fox)

Shamim is of South Asian descent and identifies as LGBTQIA+. Her work has always focused on diversity, feminism, social impact and humanism.

An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney.

Shamim was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2019. She is also a member of BAFTA, the WGA, the Director’s Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association.

about hanan kattan sk enlightenment films canada

Hanan Kattan

Founder | SK Enlightenment Films | Canada

Hanan is a multi-award-winning film producer whose most recent film, Despite the Falling Snow, is the recipient of 13 awards and stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible) and Charles Dance. She is currently developing a slate of movie and TV projects focused on female protagonists and filmmakers, including The Athena Protocol for TV alongside Village Roadshow.

Hanan’s first feature film I Can’t Think Straight debuted at Palm Springs Festival and won 11 awards. Her follow up movie The World Unseen had its debut at Toronto Film Festival before going on to garner 23 awards internationally. Her 2011 feature documentary and directorial debut, The House of Tomorrow was inspired by the TEDxHolyLand conference that Hanan co-curated in Jerusalem.

Hanan is a member of BAFTA and Women in Film. She was selected for the TIFF Producers Lab and has spoken on panels at conferences such as DLD Women as well as at BAFTA and the BFI. She has also raised money for causes including the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Hanan also maintains and actively grows a portfolio of investment properties in the UK and US.

about shamim sarif sk enlightenment films canada

Shamim Sarif

Founder | SK Enlightenment Films | Canada

Writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, feature film director, and director for premium series, including the latest season of YOU for Netflix/Warner.

Shamim’s latest feature film as a writer/director and co-producer, Polarized, has just completed and debuts at Berlin’s EFM in Feb 2023.

Her latest books, The Athena Protocol and The Shadow Mission, (HarperCollins) are being developed as a series with Village Roadshow and Gran Via Productions (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), with Shamim writing the pilot. She is developing five further series concepts.

Her previous features as writer/director include Despite the Falling Snow, starring Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance. The film garnered 13 awards.

Her first feature film as writer/director, I Can’t Think Straight debuted at Palm Springs Film Festival and won 11 awards. Her follow up movie The World Unseen debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering 23 awards internationally.

As well as YOU, her other series directing credits include SkyMed (Paramount+), Moonshine (eOne) and Diggstown (CBC/Fox)

Shamim is of South Asian descent and identifies as LGBTQIA+. Her work has always focused on diversity, feminism, social impact and humanism.

An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney.

Shamim was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2019. She is also a member of BAFTA, the WGA, the Director’s Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association.

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