Nijla is a writer and filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a 2007 graduate of UC Berkeley, and also attended Howard University’s MFA Film Program. She is the recipient of the 2009 Paul Robeson Award for Best Feature Screenplay, and has written and directed numerous film and video projects. Her film short film, Two Bodies, is an official selection of the Pan African Film Festival, The Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival presented by Outfest, and the Women in Media Film Festival. Her film reviews and interviews appear on the Shadow and Act and Indiewire film sites. She is currently an MFA student in Film Directing and Writing at the California Institute of the Arts.
Director: Two Bodies
Two Bodies’ is a short, evocative drama that examines sexual identity and the fragility of silence within a mother-daughter relationship. At a major life crossroads, Nadia, 26, returns to her mother’s home from New York City, with a secret (body) that her mother doesn’t want to accept, but is determined to expose. video