She co-produced and directed her first full length film while she was studying as an undergraduate at Brown University. The film, Sacred Poet, focuses the lens on the Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini with rare interviews with Laura Betti, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Citti and Ninetto Davoli.
She went on to work with French editor Joëlle Hache and worked with Academy Award winning British director Michael Radford. The author of several short films, in 2000, while she was working on a project on the Macedonian Roma community in Naples, Italy, she was awarded a fellowship to study film at the graduate film department at Columbia University in New York.
In 2005, Hadid completed her thesis film, Tes Cheveux Noirs Ihsan. The film, shot in Northern Morocco and in the Rif Mountains, was awarded the 2005 Cinecolor/Kodak Prize and in June 2005 received a Student Academy Award. It has screened at numerous Film Festivals including the New York Film Festival at the Lincoln Center, the Sundance Film Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival (where it was nominated for a Tiger Award), the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran, the Kiev International Film Festival , the Sydney Film Festival, the International Film Festival Oberhausen and L’Institut du Monde Arabe  in Paris. The film went on to win numerous awards including the Global Lens Prize, A BAFTA special mention and a Special Jury Prize and best Actress Award at the Tangiers International Film Festival .In February 2006 the film won the Panorama Best short Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
Hadid’s work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)in New York City, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C, L'Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Goteberg Kunsthalle in Sweden, the Goethe Institute, Cairo, the Seville Biennale in Spain, the Jonathon Schorr Gallery NYC, the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, as well as the Photographer's Gallery  in London and the Cinémathèque de Tanger .
In 2010/2011 Hadid worked on an independent project entitled Heterotopia, a series of photographs documenting life in a New York City brothel. In 2012 she was awarded the Peter S Reed Foundation Arts grant in support of her documentary film work in Morocco. In the autumn of 2013 a small volume of a selection of her photographs was published by Stern Fotografie Portfolio series of emerging photographers.
In 2014 Hadid completed work on Itarr el Layl ("The Narrow Frame of Midnight"), a feature film about a man in search of his missing brother. The main character Zacharia, played by Khalid Abdalla, journeys through Morocco to Turkey and eventually to Iraq. Along the way he meets a child runaway, a pimp, Iraqi refugees, and jihadist operatives. The film premiered at the Toronto film Festival. It also stars Marie-Josée Croze, Fedwa Boujouane, Hocine Choutri and Hindi Zahra. In early 2015 the won best film and critics prize at the Tangier film festival. 
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