• WINNER - Independent Spirit Awards TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD (Jan 2020)

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Austin Asian American Film Festival (May 2019)

  • SPECIAL JURY AWARD - San Diego Asian American Film Festival (Nov 2019)

  • SPECIAL JURY AWARD - LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (May 2019)

  • SPECIAL JURY MENTION - New Orleans Film Festival (Oct 2018)




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





"Intimate, experimental, and beautifully playful." - Documentary Award Jury, Austin Asian American Film Festival


"Jaddoland is a breath of fresh air: a film not tied down by convention or structure, it playfully and thoughtfully plumbs issues of identity, art, and belonging."

    - Clint Bowie, Artistic Director, New Orleans Film Festival

“As Nadia watches, a picture emerges of what an uncareful observer might call assimilation: an outward adjustment obscuring depths of diasporic longing, the doubling and tripling of identities always grounded by that shifting but insistent anchor, the question of home.”

    - Jon Kieran, Senior Programmer, New Orleans Film Festival


“Shihab’s palpable love for her mother courses through her film and “Jaddoland” functions both as a tribute to her work and life as well as a sincere interrogation of the idea of “home,” how the concept morphs and evolves depending on one’s own comfort with their journey.”

    - Vikram Murthi, 


 “[Shihab's] contemplation of the meaning of home unfolds also as a deeply moving meditation on the impact of time.

    - Lisa Elin, Houston Film Critics Society

"Lying somewhere between experimental and home movie, filmmaker Nadia Shihab’s debut documentary JADDOLAND is a film as much about the shiftiness of place and personhood, as it is about Shihab’s curiosity as she gets reacquainted with a mother who evolves away from her in surprising ways."

   - Christina Ree, San Diego Asian Film Festival


"A lovely portrait of a complicated life." 

    - Abby Sun, Film Programmer


A Co-Production with



Made with Generous Support from:

The Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca Film Institute (Tribeca All Access), Center for Asian American Media, Firelight Media, Center for Cultural Innovation, IFP Documentary Lab and Enjaaz - a Dubai Film Market Initiative

Developed in Artist Residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Djerassi Resident Artists Program


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