Film still from  Jaddoland

Film still from Jaddoland

Nadia Shihab | Jaddoland

A visit back home to Texas prompts the filmmaker to reflect on her mother’s creative life. But when her grandfather, an Iraqi refugee, arrives on their doorstep, his presence raises deeper questions about belonging and the places they call home.

Nadia Shihab is a filmmaker and musician based in Oakland. Raised in west Texas by an Iraqi mother and a Yemeni father, she creates work that explores narratives of place, identity and dislocation to forge new ways of rendering personal and collective history. Her recent short film "Amal's Garden" screened in festivals nationally and internationally, including at Cinéma du Réel in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Dubai International Film Festival and the Arab American National Museum. She is currently in post-production on her first feature-length film, Jaddoland.