Nadia Shihab

Lives and works in Oakland, California



Arab Film Festival, Tübingen, Germany, 2020

Arab Festival, Washington, DC 2020

Liverpool Arab Film Festival, Liverpool, UK, 2020

Kassel Dokfest, Kassel, Germany, 2019

San Diego Asian Film Festival, San Diego, CA, 2019

Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, VA, 2019

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs, AK, 2019

Arab Film Festival, Oakland, CA, 2019

Flatland Film Festival, Lubbock, TX , 2019

Austin Asian American Film Festival, Austin, TX,  2019

CAAMFest, San Francisco, CA, 2019

DOXA, Vancouver, Canada, 2019

Ecrans du Reel, Beirut, Lebanon, 2019

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Los Angeles,  2019

Dallas International Film Festival, Dallas, TX, 2019

Ashland Independent Film Festival, Ashland, OR, 2019

Indie Grits, South Carolina, 2019

Houston Cinema Arts Film Festival, Houston, TX, 2018

New Orleans Film Festival, New Orleans, LA, 2018

Atlas Cinema, AFAC Film Week, Algiers, Algeria, 2018

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2017

Sursock Museum of Contemporary Art, Beirut, Lebanon, 2017

Spectacle Cinema, New York, 2014

AFAC Film Week, Beirut, Lebanon, 2014

Roxie Theater, San Francisco, 2014

Arab American National Museum, Detroit, MI, 2014

MIZNA Twin Cities Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN, 2014

Gulf Film Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2014

Ars Independent Film Festival, Katowice, Poland, 2013

Bird’s Eye View Film Festival, London, 2013

Cinema du Reel, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2013

Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai, UAE, 2012               





Infra/Extra Exhibition, UC Berkeley, CA, 2020

Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, 2015

Babelab Gallery, Oakland,  2014

Fort Mason Gallery, San Francisco, 2014

Artists Television Access, San Francisco, 2013

De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2013

Project Artaud, San Francisco, 2012

FM Gallery, Oakland, 2012

Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose,  2011

Kaleidoscope, San Francisco, 2010

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco,  2010

Santa Cruz Looping Festival, Santa Cruz, 2009

Rowan Morrison Gallery, Oakland, 2009





Awardee                     Independent Spirit Award, Truer than Fiction Award, 2020

Awardee                     Special Jury Award, San Diego Asian American Film Festival, 2019

Awardee                     Special Jury Award, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2019

Awardee                     Best Documentary Feature, Austin Asian American Film Festival, 2019

Awardee                     Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary, New Orleans Film Festival, 2018

Fellow                         Firelight Documentary Lab,  2017

Grantee                      Center for Asian American Media, 2017

Grantee                      Sundance Documentary Fund, 2017

Fellow                         MacDowell Colony, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 2017

Grantee                      Tribeca Film Institute, 2016

Fellow                         IFP Independent Filmmaker Documentary Lab, 2016

Fellow                         Flaherty Film Seminar Fellowship, George Stoney Fellowship, 2015

Fellow                         Djerassi Residency, Kenneth Rainin Foundation Honorary Fellowship, 2014

Grantee                      Center for Community Innovation - Investing in Artists Award, 2014

Grantee                      Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, 2012

Grantee                      Pacific Pioneer Fund, 2011

Fellow                         BAVC New Media Mediamaker Fellowship, 2011

Grantee                      ITVS Diversity Development Fund, 2010

Fellow                         Texas Tech University, Formby Archival Research Fellowship, 2009

Grantee                      California Planning Foundation Scholarship, 2008

Fellow                         UC Berkeley Dept of City Planning Departmental Fellowship, 2008

Fellow                         Fulbright Research Fellowship (Turkey), 2006



UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television, Artist Talk, Nov 2020

San Francisco Film School, Artist Talk, Sept 2020

Asian American Journalists Association, Panel Discussion, Annual Conference, Aug 2020

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, Artist Talk, July 2020

Yemeni Youth Media Project, Artist Talk, Arab Film & Media Institute, 2019                     

The Representation Project & Global Girl Media, Artist Talk, Oakland, 2019

LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Panel Discussion, Japanese American National Museum, May 2019             

Roots & Reflections, World Women’s Day Panel Talk, Brava Theater, SF, March 8, 2019                  

Bad Feminists Making Film, Artist Panel & Live Podcast, MACLA Gallery, San Jose, 2018

Meet the Makers, Artist Panel, Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX ,  2018

Cinematic Sanctuaries, Artist Panel, Greater New Orleans Foundation, New Orleans, LA, 2018

On Personal Filmmaking, Oakland International High School Media Program, 2018

Artist Talk, MacDowell Colony, 2017

Artist Talk, Djerassi Residency, 2014




Jaddoland: An intergenerational portrait of love, (land), and loss, The New Arab, June 2020

The Liminal Echoes of the Displaced Soul, Film Inquiry, May 2020

Our Own Creative Processes are Intertwined, World Channel Interview, May 2020

Spirit Award Winners: The Complete List, Variety, Feb 2020

Awards Party Carpet Chat with Nadia Shihab, Feb 2020

2020 Spirit Award Winners List, Indiewire, Feb 2020

Kelly Reichardt, Producer Mollye Asher among Spirit Award Winners, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 2020

Films that Transcend Southern Stereotypes, Hyperallergic, Nov 2019

World Channel Pursues Role as Early Stage Co-Producer, CURRENT, Sept 2019

Texas Made Documentaries Shine at Austin Asian American Film Festival, Sightlines, May 2019

AIFF Teen Press Interview with Nadia Shihab, Ashland Independent FF, April 2019

Filmmaker Revisits her Lubbock Life in Jaddoland, Houston Chronicle, Nov. 2018


Doing the Work, Podcast Review, Society for Cultural Anthropology, July 30, 2020

Enclosures, Wolfman New Life Quarterly, Issue 5, Aug 2019

Double Exposure: Nadia Shihab on the Making of Jaddoland, Center for Asian American Media, Oct. 2018

What Stories we Long to Hear, We Will Write Ourselves, Firelight Media (Medium), May 15, 2018


Artist in Residency    MacDowell Colony, 2017

Artist in Residency    Djerassi Residency, 2014

Artist in Residency    San Francisco Film Society, Filmhouse Residency, 2010



Master of City & Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley 

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin