Norwegian filmmaker Deeyah Khan chosen for this year’s Earl of Lade award

Fritt Ord shows the film "JIHAD: A story of the others" with subsequent debate on extremism and radicalization. Here is the director of the film Deeyah Khan, who greets the audience before the screening. William Nygaard (behind). Photo: Berit Roald / NTB

Filmmaker and human rights activist Deeyah Khan has been chosen “Årets Ladejarl” (in English: Earl of Lade) for 2021 and has received a prize of 2 million kroner.

“Deeyah is brave, fearless, and has a fanatical stubbornness when it comes to her values. She works against extremism with respect as a weapon. Deeyah Khan stands for values ​​we want to reward with the ‘Årets Ladejarl’ award,” said Odd Reitan.

This is the ninth time the “Årets Ladejarl” prize has been awarded. Khan has previously won two Emmy Awards for her documentaries.

“I am shocked and overwhelmed to hear that I have been chosen as ‘Årets Ladejarl.’ I am so touched and deeply grateful. This is not just a great honor for me, but this recognition and award will also allow me to continue to do more of my work both with and without a camera,” said Khan.

The prize money will, among other things, go to her further work and to support vulnerable women in Afghanistan.

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