Lana Askari is an anthropologist and film-maker. Her research has explored experiences of migration, youth, the future and urban planning, and her ethnography in Iraqi Kurdistan has documented imaginations of the future in times of crisis. She is the director and producer of Bridge to Kobane (2016/2019) and Future Factory (2018). Lana holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and Visual Media and she is an alumna of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. She currently works for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs where she researches the human rights and security situation in countries in the Middle East and is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Amsterdam.