Lana Askari holds a PhD in Social Anthropology with Visual Media from the University of Manchester. She studied political science and anthropology at University College Utrecht and Cambridge University, and was trained in documentary filmmaking at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at Manchester. Her films have been screened at various festivals, such as the RAI film festival, Freiburger Film Forum and the Kurdish Film Days Amsterdam. She is interested in the anthropology of the Middle East, particularly in Kurdistan, and issues of migration, youth, time and urban planning. Her doctoral research, for which she produced the films Bridge to Kobane (2016) and Future Factory (2018), focused on how people in Iraqi Kurdistan imagine and plan their future in times of crisis. She currently works at a Dutch consultancy company which focuses on achieving social impact through the public sector.