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American filmmaker, AFIA NATHANIEL, has roots in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Raised between Lahore and air force bases, Afia grew up with a deep love for fighter jet planes, long road trips and discovering worlds hiding in plain sight.

Afia’s debut feature Dukhtar (Daughter), inspired by true events, is the first independent road trip thriller to film in the northern areas of Pakistan. Dukhtar premiered to a rousing reception at Toronto (2014) becoming Pakistan’s Official Submission for Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards®. The film played to critical acclaim in over 20 countries to rave reviews and became the Critics’ Pick (Village Voice) and the People Magazine’s Pick of the Week. The film has won several awards including Adrienne Shelly award for Directors, Audience Award at Creteil, Best World Feature at Sonoma, Best Director + Best Feature Film at SAIFF.

Afia has been featured in the Variety, NYT, Indiewire, NPR, Huffington Post and Screen Daily. Variety says, “Nathaniel proves her mettle in a national industry where distaff directors are rare” with Indiewire labeling Dukhtar as “groundbreaking”, New York Times calling it “exquisite” and LA Times billing it as a “gorgeous, suspenseful cinematic achievement”.