Austin Asian American Film Festival


Directed by Nadia Shihab

USA, Iraq, 2018, 1h 30min, Arabic, English, Turkish

Austin Asian American Film Festival

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Filmmaker Nadia Shihab explores diasporic longing and the meaning of home within her own Iraqi family. By visiting her hometown of Lubbock, TX, she playfully observes the city’s quirks before recalling her own experiences of it. The film pulls focus when Shihab questions how her own experiences and environment connect with her family’s homeland of Iraq. The filmmaker meditates on cross cultural effects by affectionately portraying the isolated life of her artist mother, her grandfather’s yearning to return to Iraq, and the discovery of her complex identity. What may be oversimplified as assimilation, JADDOLAND presents as a quietly profound and complex perspective on the concept of home for immigrant generations.  Ray Loyd, Programmer

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, ​

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