The importance of education and the arts to working class young people

Anwar Akhtar’s talk to Sir John Cass sixth form on 25th October 2018.

Anwar is director of The Samosa. He led The Royal Society of Arts’ Pakistan Calling project, which produced more than 60 films looking at identity, education, equality, culture, religion, development, conflict resolution, women, and minority rights in the UK and Pakistan.

Anwar was production consultant on the play Dara, working with Ajoka Theatre Pakistan and the National Theatre UK. Dara tells the story of Mughal India in 1659, raising questions about religious freedom, tolerance and clerical power that still resonate today.