Residency Date: April 2001
Shahid Nadeem is an internationally renowned screenwriter, playwright, journalist and human rights activist who lives in Pakistan. He has written over 30 plays and six television serials for Pakistani television, with many of them performed all over Asia and Britain. He is the in-house playwright for Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan’s leading non-commercial theatre group. As an activist, he has held media seminars on human rights reporting, organized film festivals and produced two documentaries on human rights campaigns in Asia. Nadeem was imprisoned under all three past military regimes in Pakistan for non-violent protests and his writings. He has been harassed by the government since 1986 for writing about Pakistan’s human rights record and for supporting India-Pakistan friendship, and was banned from Pakistani television. Nadeem has also worked for Amnesty International for many years in London and Hong Kong. From April to December in 2001, Nadeem lived at 18th Street as a Feuchtwanger Fellow.