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With Nadia Shihab and Lahib Jaddo

Nov 11, 2018, 07:00 PM Rice Cinema $12.00 Get Tickets

When the  filmmaker  returns  to  her  hometown  in  the  Texas  Panhandle  to  visit  her  mother,  an  artist  from  Iraq,  she  turns  her  lens  on  her  mother’s  increasingly  isolated  life,  as  well  as  the  beauty  and  solace  that  emerge  through  her  creative  process.  Soon,  the  filmmaker’s  charismatic  grandfather  arrives,  still longing  for  the  homeland  he  recently  left.    While  the  shadow  of  geopolitical  and  historical  forces  looms  on  the  periphery,  the  filmmaker  searches  for  unexpected  moments  of  meaning  in  the  everyday,  subtly  weaving  threads  between  past  and  present,  her  mother’s  work  and  her  own.  In  doing  so,  she  draws  an  artful  and  deeply  intimate  portrait  of  one  family  re-imagining  its  relationships  to  the  places  they  call  home.

Country, Year United States, 2018
DirectorNadia Shihab
LanguageArabic, English, Turkmen
Runtime90 MINS, 00 SECS
Event TypeFilm
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Nadia Shihab

Trained as an urban planner and raised in west Texas by an Iraqi mother and a Yemini father, Nadia Shihab began making films in order to explore her connections to the places she calls home. Her films are marked by their intimacy, and often explore the act of forging roots despite internal landscapes of dislocation. Her half-hour film Amal’s Garden (2012) was filmed in northern Iraq and screened in festivals and galleries internationally, including at Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Walker Art Center, and the Arab American National Museum. She has also composed music for films and her soundscapes often build from meditative rhythmic cycles into dense atmospheres streaked with melodic phrasing. Shihab’s work has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Firelight Media, ENJAAZ, and the Center for Asian American Media. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Turkey and a Flaherty Fellow. She lives and works in Oakland, California.