Mina is the Medfest Committee lead. She is a psychiatrist and film producer based in London. She is interested in digital health, particularly its use in rural settings, and is pursuing a doctorate in this area at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.
Her film career began on a sabbatical in 2017 when she collaborated with director Hamza Bangash. The team’s first film “Paak”, shot entirely on an iPhone 6, told the story of a person struggling with mental health difficulties through a series of video calls. Paak premiered at MedFest 2018. Their next film “Dia” is a short narrative film about a young Pakistani woman and touches on family pressures, secret relationships, mental illness and its interface with culture and religion. Dia premiered at Locarno International Film festival and has since been screened at festivals in Latvia, Italy, Canada, India, Bangladesh, Romania, Georgia and the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival. Stay tuned for their third film which highlights the issue of urban loneliness and the alarmingly high rates of youth suicide.
Outside of medicine she is a keen runner and has recently developed a love-hate relationship with Barry’s Bootcamp.