Amal and Mustafa have shared a long life together in northern Iraq. When Amal decides to finally renovate their home after a decade of war, Mustafa retreats to the melodic wilderness of the garden, where he encounters the curious gaze of his grandniece and her camera. An intimate snapshot of life at the boundary of destruction and renewal, AMAL’S GARDEN is the unexpected portrait of one Turkmen couple moving forward in a new Iraq, where, even in the stillness of night, life is blooming.

(32 min, HD, Turkmen/Arabic with English subtitles. 2012)


Director/Producer/DP - Nadia Shihab
Associate Producer - Lahib Jaddo
Editing - Sara Maamouri and Nadia Shihab
Sound Mix - Philip Perkins
Color - Jesse Spencer
Mastering - Zoetrope Aubry Productions


AFAC Film Week, Cinema Metropolis - Beirut, Lebanon, March 6, 2014

Arab American National Museum - Dearborn, Michigan, March 8, 2014

Roxie Theater - San Francisco, California, Dec. 5, 2014

Ars Independent Film Festival - Katowice, Poland, Sept. 20-29, 2013

Gulf Film Festival - Dubai, UAE, April 11-17 2013

Bird's Eye View - London, England, April 3-10 2013

Cinema du Reel - Paris, France, March 21-31 2013 [*European Premiere*]

Dubai International Film Festival - Dubai, UAE, Dec 6-14 2012 [*World Premiere*]


Amal's Garden at Cinema Du Reel, March 2013
World Premiere of Amal's Garden at Dubai International Film Festival, Dec. 2012
"Life Goes On: Nadia Shihab Makes Debut with Amal's Garden", Khaleej Times, Dec. 2012
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Announces new ADFP Grantees, July 2012


Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Pacific Pioneer Fund
Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
San Francisco Film Society - FilmHouse Residency