Nadia Shihab explores the personal, the emotional, and the diasporic through film, collage and sound.
She worked as a community practitioner for over a decade before directing her feature-length debut, JADDOLAND, a personal film set in her mother Lahib Jaddo's home in Texas. The film was awarded five festival jury awards, including an Independent Spirit Award in 2020.
She is a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Sundance Institute, Center for Asian American Media, Firelight Media, BAVC, and the Flaherty Film Seminar. Her work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Walker Art Center, Arab American National Museum, DOXA, CAAMFest, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Dallas Int'l Film Festival and New Orleans Film Festival.
She holds a Master of City Planning and is a current MFA candidate at the University of California at Berkeley. She was raised in Texas by immigrant parents from Iraq & Yemen, and lives and works in Oakland, California.