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A feature documentary by Nadia Shihab
90 min. Turkish, Arabic, English (2018)
This award-winning documentary follows filmmaker, Nadia Shihab, as she returns to her hometown in Lubbock, Texas, to visit her mother, an artist originally from Iraq.
While tenderly documenting her mother’s creative process and everyday life in America, Shihab finds her mother increasingly isolated. However, when her Iraqi refugee grandfather arrives on their doorstep, his presence raises deeper questions about belonging and identity.
Jaddoland is an intimate portrait of a mother through a daughter’s eyes, which raises questions about what we call home.
Winner of the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Truer Than Fiction Award
Winner of the New Orleans Film Festival 2018 Special Jury Award – Documentary Feature
Made with support by Sundance Documentary Fund, Center for Asian American Media, Fireflight Media, Tribeca All Access, Center for Cultural Innovation & Enjaaz.
This film is part of our celebration of Arab Cinema with a series of features and short films from Arab filmmakers reflecting on different stories from the Arab world and Arab diaspora.
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Suitable for 16+.
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