Ruba Nadda

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Ruba Nadda
Ruba Nadda at CFC 25th Anniversary Celebration in LA.jpg
Ruba Nadda at Canadian Film Centre 25th Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles, 20 March 2013
Born (1972-12-06) 6 December 1972 (age 44)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, & film editor
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Greg Dinsmore 1994 – present

Ruba Nadda (born 6 December 1972) is a Canadian film director. She made several award-winning short films, including Lost Woman Story, Interstate Love Story, So Far Gone and Damascus Nights before writing and directing features I Always Come to You, Unsettled and Sabah. Her movie Cairo Time won the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was Best Reviewed Romance on Rotten Tomatoes for 2010. She is known for shooting feature films in very short time spans.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Nadda was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to a Syrian father and a Palestinian mother.[2]

Nadda studied Literature at York University in Toronto, Ontario. She went on to study Film Production at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Directing career[edit]

Nadda made her feature film debut with Sabah starring actress Arsinée Khanjian in the title role. The film earned Khanjian a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the Genie Awards.

Her next film Cairo Time, starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig, was released in 2009 and won Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2012 Nadda reunited with her Cairo Time star Siddig to film Inescapable, a thriller which also featured Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson.

Nadda is set to release her next film October Gale in 2014. The film, a thriller set in Georgian Bay, would reunite her with her Cairo Time star Patricia Clarkson.[3] The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

In September 2014 Nadda announced that she would be reuniting with Patricia Clarkson on a TV series for HBO titled Elisabeth.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2014 Nadda announced that she was seven months pregnant.[5]


  • 1997: Wet Heat Drifts Through the Afternoon
  • 1997: Interstate Love Story
  • 1997: Do Nothing
  • 1998: The Wind Blows Towards Me Particularly
  • 1998: So Far Gone
  • 1998: Damascus Nights
  • 1999: Slut
  • 1999: Laila
  • 2000: I Always Come to You
  • 2000: Blue Turning Grey Over You
  • 2000: Black September
  • 2000: I Would Suffer Cold Hands for You
  • 2001: Unsettled
  • 2004: Aadan
  • 2005: Sabah
  • 2009: Cairo Time
  • 2012: Inescapable
  • 2015: October Gale


  • 2009: Won Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival for Cairo Time
  • 2010: Best Reviewed Romance on Rotten Tomatoes for 2010 for Cairo Time


  1. ^ "Ruba Nadda : Biography". Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  2. ^ Mark Olsen (8 August 2010). "Indie Focus: Ruba Nadda's 'Cairo Time'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Marise Strauss (2009-04-24). "Nadda, Iron ready Gale thriller » Playback". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2014-09-03). "HBO Developing Drama Starring Patricia Clarkson From Ruba Nadda & Alan Poul". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived 12 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine.

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