Amal's Garden

Amal and Mustafa are an ethnic Turkmen couple that have shared a long life together in northern Iraq. When Amal decides to finally 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. An intimate rendering of life amidst ever-shifting conditions.

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



Director/Producer/DP - Nadia Shihab
Associate Producer - Lahib Jaddo
Editing - Sara Maamouri and Nadia Shihab



AFAC Film Week, Cinema Mouggar, Algiers, Algeria, Sept. 2018

Sursock Museum| Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 6, 2017

"Trapped in the Scene" Short Film Series | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, July 26, 2017

Twin Cities Arab Film Festival  | Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov. 9, 2014


Spectacle Cinema  | Brooklyn, New York, Sept. 21, 2014


AFAC Film Week, Cinema Metropolis  | Beirut, Lebanon, March 6, 2014 


Arab American National Museum  | Dearborn, Michigan, March 8, 2014


Roxie Theater  | San Francisco, California, Dec. 5, 2014


Ars Independent Film Festival  | Katowice, Poland, Sept. 20-29, 2013


Gulf Film Festival  | Dubai, UAE, April 11-17 2013


Bird's Eye View  | London, England, April 3-10 2013


Cinema du Reel   | Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, March 21-31 2013 [*European Premiere*]


Dubai International Film Festival  | Dubai, UAE, Dec 6-14 2012 [*World Premiere*]



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