Mahera Omar is a filmmaker and co-founder of Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Her film Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist won the best documentary award in the Across the Border category at the 7th Delhi International Film Festival and a special jury mention at the 6th Nepal International Human Rights Film Festival. Her other films include Gutter Baghicha, Pakistan Chowk, City by the Sea: The Future of Karachi’s Coastline and A Garden in Shigar. She also directed Janu Janwar, a weekly series on animals and the documentary ‘Sea Turtles in Pakistan’ for Geo TV. Sea Turtles was nominated for the Humane Society of the United States 22nd Genesis Award in the Brigitte Bardot international category. Since 2014 she has been recording qawwali and classical music in Pakistan as part of the Dream Journey sessions. Nobody’s seen her short film Makhan Toast but she guarantees if you do, you’ll fall off your chair laughing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and makes funny instagram stories of her adventures @afewmofilms.