Zainab Marvi

Zainab Marvi is a Pakistani designer, researcher, illustrator, and educator, based in Germany. Her research spans the fields of design, gender, cities, maps and cinema from a feminist perspective. She was the co-editor and designer of Feminist Geography: Shocks, Turmoil & Transformation journal, issue no. 91, published by Feministische Geo-RundMail in October 2022. She is a graduate of COOP Design Research MSc. program at Bauhaus-Dessau, where she later worked as a visiting lecturer. She currently teaches at HafenCity Universität Hamburg. She can be reached at Instagram:@byzainabmarvi and Twitter: @zainabmarvi


Exploring the inner and outward conflict, this essay looks at the female protagonist in the Bangladeshi film Debi (2018).


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