Nausheen Dadabhoy, is a Pakistani-American director and cinematographer from California. As a cinematographer Nausheen has lensed a number of narrative and documentary films: The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion (2019), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently streaming on Netflix; La Femme et Le TGV (2016), a live-action short Oscar nominee; the Emmy Award winning Armed with Faith (2018, additional cinematographer); Girl Unbound: War to Be Her (2016), which premiered at TIFF and aired on POV; Conscience Point (2019), which aired on Independent Lens, and J’adore Nawal (2018) a short for HBO Documentaries, which premiered at Sundance.
The Ground Beneath Their Feet (2014) — her directorial debut following two Pakistani women after the 2005 earthquake — premiered at IDFA in the first appearance competition. She is currently directing her second feature film, An Act of Worship, about the last 20 years of Muslim life in America. The film has received support from the Ford Foundation, Sundance, Field of Vision, IFP, Hot Docs, Tribeca/Camden Retreat, among others. Nausheen has workshopped the film as a Firelight Fellow (2018), a Chicken & Egg Diversity Lab Fellow (2018), Chicken & Egg (Egg)celerator Lab Fellow (2019), a newportFILM Documentary Cinematography Fellow (2019), and she is currently a Soros Equality Fellow (2020).
In addition to her work as a filmmaker Nausheen also works as an educator. She was a visiting faculty member at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan. She has conducted workshops at SUNY Purchase, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Claremont McKenna College, and Bard College. Recently she’s been a cinematography mentor for the Re-Present Media and Chicken & Egg Pictures. She received her MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory.
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