Meet Our Team
Hamza BangashFounder & Creative Director
Hamza Bangash is a Pakistani-Canadian director and screenwriter. In 2019, Bangash was selected for the Locarno Filmmakers Academy and the Asian Film Academy. His artistic practice is based out of Karachi, Pakistan- where he founded a boutique production house- CityLights Media- in 2015. Through this platform, he creates short fiction films, stage plays, digital documentaries and commercials. Dia (2018), his debut short film, is an exploration of a young woman’s grief-induced spiral into a terrifying condition. The film had it’s world premiere at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival, and received critical acclaim. His follow up short film, Stray Dogs Come Out at Night (2019), played in international competition at Clermont-Ferrand 2020. Bangash is currently in early stages of development on his first feature film, MARIAM. The project has been selected for Berlinale Talent Project Market 2020 and won the MPA-AFA First prize award at the Busan International Film Festival 2019. The feature film is intended for a 2021 theatrical release.
Mohammad Ali HashmiTalent & Writer
Mohammad Ali Hashmi is a Karachi based, actor and screenwriter. His career began in theatre with a highly successful production of GREASE (2016). In 2017, he played the role of an autistic teenager in KHAN. This marked his television debut, and made him a household name. In the same year, he founded and directed his improv comedy troupe IMPROVISTAN one of Pakistan's premiere comedy groups. Through this platform he creates improv shows & digital satire sketches. In 2018, Hashmi’s co-wrote and acted in the film DIA that premiered at 71st Locarno Film festival. He also started his very popular radio show LOOSE CANNONS on CityFM89. in 2019 his debut film STRAY DOGS COME OUT AT NIGHT played in international competition at Clermont-Ferrand 2020. Hashmi is currently in early stages of development on his next short film, BHAI, the film is intended for a 2020 release.
Huzaifa KhanHead of Production
Huzaifa Khan is a business graduate and an active social worker, with a passion for development and the arts. He has been a part of the core team at CityLights since 2014 and believes in the power of film and theatre to promote socially-driven content in Pakistan. Over the years, Huzaifa has worked with a number of non-profit organizations, under various capacities. In 2013, he founded a free-of-cost, community school, called The Young Patriots Welfare School, inside Karachi’s Neelum Colony.