Trapped between two worlds, an Afghan-American woman must choose between the woman she loves or the traditions and marriage that is expected of her.
Nadia Jaan is set in present-day New York City. The story is about Nadia, a 28 year old Afghan-American woman who accepts her mother’s wishes to marry into the Afghan community. Like many other Afghan American women, Nadia has struggled with the social stigmas of her culture while living in the western world. Although she loves her husband Aziz, an over achieving architect, their marriage lacks passion and intimacy. Nadia starts to stray from the relationship and embarks on a journey of self-discovery with her sexual identity.
She begins an affair with Mariam, a Moroccan-American who is an out and proud lesbian. Mariam urges Nadia to live a life that she wants, not one that her family expects. Nadia struggles with the concept of diving into a path of the unknown. She must now face the choice of giving up her family and everything she’s known, or stay in the world that she is accustomed with and let go of her true heart’s desire.
Enrico (Henri) Falconi is a filmmaker who has been making films in a variety of genres for more than 20 years. Mexican born and New York raised, he's worked on over 50 short and feature films in almost every capacity. He was the 2nd Assistant Director as well as an actor in Darren Aronofsky's, Pi (Winner - Sundance Film Festival '98: Best Director; Independent Spirit Awards '99) Henri received a certificate in film from New York University's Film, Theatre & Broadcasting program in 1996. Henri has written six feature scripts and over fifteen shorts. He seeks out collaborators and artists who share his passions, like softball, thrillers and the arts. After traveling to more than 40 countries, Henri proudly calls the East Village, NYC, his home.
Sheila Haya graduated with a Bachelors in Journalism from Baruch College in 2017. Born and raised in New York from parents that immigrated from Afghanistan, she always had an interest in visual arts and storytelling. It was at Baruch in a screenwriting class that she developed the idea for Nadia. Through working with various production companies over the last few years, she realized it was time to move forward with her career as an independent filmmaker. It is Sheila's desire to tell stories that are impacting, powerful, and socially relevant.
Curts A. D'Amour was born July 1, 1986 in Queens, New York. He received his Associates degree in fines arts at Briarcliff College and Bachelors in CG film making from Full Sail University in Orlando Florida. Since then, Curts has spent his time mastering the art of visual storytelling in great detail. He started his DP career in commercials and music videos and has transitioned into narrative film.
Liri Asllani is an Albanian-American filmmaker from Stamford, CT. After graduating from New York University with a degree in Film, Literature, and History, Liri went on to work for Tribeca Productions and staffed the Tribeca Film Festival. In a bit of a career change, she joined the team at Mercedes Benz for several years, maintaining a successful sales career working with high-end clientele. Her first short “Missiles” was produced at the Manhattan Film Institute in 2018. With several projects currently in the works, she continues to work with emerging filmmakers and actors creating unique content.
Jon Huggins hails from Arkansas. Or was it Texas? Or Germany? He is a military brat, so he can’t decide. The son of average Southerners, he found escape from the early-00’s in small town America through the films of Paul Thomas Anderson and Stanley Kubrick. He spent time producing in Dallas, then moved on to producing and directing in New York City, where he founded his production company, Keep Em Rollin’ Films. Jon is 32 and lives in NYC.
Having double-majored in both film and literature at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, Ms. Stevens began her work in the film industry working with Academy-Award winning Director/Actress, Lee Grant. Serving as Story Analyst, Ms. Stevens immersed herself in story-telling techniques by also taking subsequent work in screenplay evaluation and development for numerous producers in New York. She was also selected by producer Mikaela Beardsley to serve as Research Associate on the Martin Scorsese documentary, “Airbus, ” and also served as a back-up reader for Harvey Keitel’s production company. She has been providing screenwriting services to both indie and Oscar-winning producers and directors alike; her original works have placed at the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship and The Cannes Screenwriting Competition as well.