Born in Algeria, Nadia Zouaoui has been living in Québec since 1988. After studying literature and communication at the Université de Montréal and McGill University, she worked for Radio-Canada and the CBC as well as for the National Film Board and Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. Her first art-house film, Nadia’s Journey, lifts the veil on the suffering of women in the patriarchal Algerian society where she grew up. The movie garnered several prizes, among them the 2006 Gémeaux award for Best Documentary Screenplay and the Cinéma au poing award at the 2007 Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM).
Fear, Anger and Politics, her miniseries on the rise of political islamophobia in the United States, has also received extensive recognition, including the award for Best Independent Production in the Regards d’ici category at the 2013 Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival, where it was also awarded a special mention in the Human Rights Competition.
Through her point-of-view documentaries, Nadia delves into adversity in order to try, at her own level, to build bridges between cultures, between the North and the South, and between people of different origins and opinions. Her goal is to foster critical thinking and dialogue so that we may all live in greater harmony.