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. 

(32 min, HD, Turkmen (Iraq) 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

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

Additional Editing - Molly Snyder-Fink and Orlando Fink

Online & Color - Jesse Spencer

Sound Mix - Philip Perkins


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