Amrou Al-Kadhi

Performer, writer and filmmaker

For a long time in their life, Amrou Al-Kadhi struggled to negotiate the link between their queer identity and Islamic heritage. These two identities felt completely polarised, as if this was an impossible intersection that could never be reconciled. Amrou’s work in film, writing and performance attempts to sew the link between their heritage and queer identity.

Amrou’s debut memoir, Unicorn, a personal study of intersectional identity, will be published with 4th Estate Harper Collins in October 2019. Currently, they have a television series in development with Channel 4 Comedy, and one with BBC Drama, and features in development with Film 4, the BFI and BBC Films. Television series, Nefertiti, will explore an Arab drag queen living with their Muslim mother, exploring the parallel of drag and Arab femininity, whilst Amrou’s feature with Film 4 will tell the love story between a non-binary Sikh drag queen and a white cisgender gay man, exploring the knotty racial and gender politics of desire among queer people. Amrou’s debut solo drag show, Glamrou: From Quran to Queen, will take place at the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

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