Shamim Sarif is a British lesbian novelist, director 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.
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. Sarif lives in the UK with her wife, Hanan Kattan.