Finding the right balance between making something meaningful that stays true to its purpose, but at the same time isn’t too controversial. I’ve made projects in the past that I could not release because I’d be putting my own safety at risk.
Last year I released a game that talks about the challenges Pakistani women face when it comes to an arranged marriage. In doing so, I risked being targeted by religious fundamentalists and offending almost everyone I know.
I managed to avoid security threats by staying away from Pakistani media, but I did face backlash from society. However, it all seemed worth it, because the project created awareness about arranged marriages and sparked a global debate. Several women also reached out to me for advice which gave me the opportunity to provide them with emotional support.
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