37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024



Director Nadia Shihab returns to her home in Lubbock, Texas,to visit her mother, an artist from Iraq whose works focus on themes of familial history, longing, and displacement. Nadia documents her mother’s increasingly isolated life and art, revealing the beauty and solace of her mother’s creative process.  While filming, Nadia’s grandfather arrives. He is a warm charismatic man overtaken by his longing for the homeland he recently left. Tender and pensive, this film subtly explores the inheritance and reformation of culture, offering up a meditation on generational belonging and the question of what it means to call somewhere home. Introduction by Shilpa Davé (UVA)

This film is part of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Film series supported by the UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and the UVA Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures


Saturday, October 26


7:45 PM


Vinegar Hill Theatre

Film Info

Director: Nadia Shihab

Runtime: 90 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2018

Country: USA

Language: English, Arabic, Turkmen

Accessibility: Subtitles