New Orleans 2018
DOXA, Dallas, Ashland, CAAMFest, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Hot Springs Doc, Indie Grits
A personal film about the meaning of place, family, and belonging.
Filmmaker Nadia Shihab and her family were forced into exile from Iraq, eventually dispersing between Toronto, Beirut, Baghdad, and Lubbock. Traveling back to the latter Texan city to visit her mother, Lahib, an artist and teacher, Nadia documents her artistic process, while offering a meditation on the idea of belonging and how it is complicated by the diasporic experience. While Lahib is an intriguing subject, as friends and other family members are drawn in to Nadia’s project, the filmmaker struggles to maintain focus, resulting in a digressive and unevenly paced portrait.