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Alina Akbar (aka Lean) is a Visual Artist, Writer, Curator and Storyteller: Working in film, photography and installation. Wandering between both digital and analogue mediums.

Using her lens and words to create art from both personal and cultural experiences as a British-born Pakistani. With a particular interest in authentic and ethical working class representation and issues of diversity in society; shown through her cinematic eye for capturing raw reality intertwined with poetic narratives as a often self producing and self shooting director.

BA Hons Filmmaking @ Manchester School of Art

Best Camera & Editing Royal Television Society NW Student Awards 2022

Holden Gallery Graduate Award 2021

Josh Jarvis Cinematography Award 2021

MSOA Filmmaking Alumni Award 2021

MSOA Filmmaking Outstanding Contribution Award 2021

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