Amal's Garden

Amal and Mustafa are an Iraqi Turkman couple that have shared a long life together in northern Iraq. When Amal decides to renovate their home after a decade of war, Mustafa retreats to the garden, where he encounters the curious gaze of his grandniece and her camera. 

(32 min, HD, Turkish and Arabic with English subtitles. 2012)

“In Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, almost ten years after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, the Kurdish, Turkish and Iraqi flags fly side by side. The filmmaker of Amal’s Garden approaches this coexistence obliquely, with infinite tenderness, filming only what is intimate... ”

— Charlotte Garson, Cinema du Reel, Centre Pompidou



Directed and Filmed by  Nadia Shihab
Associate Produced by Lahib Jaddo
Edited by Sara Maamouri and Nadia Shihab



Dubai International FIlm Festival, Cinema du Reel, Walker Art Center, Sursock Museum of Contemporary Arts, Mizna Twin Cities Film Festival, Arab Film Festival


Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Pacific Pioneer Fund
Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
San Francisco Film Society - FilmHouse Residency

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