Creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie
Zarqa is a Canadian producer for film and television, a published author, public speaker, journalist, and former broadcaster.
“ZARQA” is a new comedy series in production from FUNdamentalist Films, a Regina-based production company belonging to Zarqa Nawaz, the Creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie. With funds from the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the Independent Production Fund (IPF), and Creative Saskatchewan, the web series is heading into production in October of 2021. CBC Gem will be airing the series in 2022.
The premise is simple: after Zarqa, a middle-aged and very complicated Muslim woman, learns on Facebook that her ex-husband is marrying a younger, skinny, white yoga instructor, Zarqa texts back that she’s coming to the wedding with her own cliché: a white brain surgeon named Brian. Now she just has to find him. Zarqa Nawaz herself will star in the series.
Zarqa’s knack of finding the funny in serious situations will have you laughing out loud.
Zarqa Nawaz is one very Funny Lady, the Sultana of the Sardonic, maybe even the Imamma of the Ironic.
Unafraid to push buttons with a feisty, feminist twist, Nawaz cites Nora Efron as her writing spirit guide.
It’s astonishing how well Zarqa barrels forward with her beliefs with unabashed conviction—and a good dose of humour.