Afia Serena Nathaniel
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Computer-scientist-turned filmmaker, Afia loves pushing the boundaries of narrative cinema. Afia’s debut feature film DUKHTAR (Daughter) premiered at Toronto in 2014 and was Pakistan’s Official Submission for Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards®. The film has played to critical acclaim in over 20 countries and became the Critics’ Pick in New York and the People’s Magazine Pick. The film has won several awards including Audience Award for Best Feature at Creteil, Best World Feature at Sonoma, Best Director and Best Feature Film at South Asian International Film Festival. Afia has been featured in the Variety, New York Times, 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” and LA Times calling it a “gorgeous, suspenseful cinematic achievement”. She has been featured on Fox 5 in a special segment as “Women who shape the future”. Afia is the recipient of the Adrienne Shelly award for Directors and was nominated for a 2013 Gotham award. She is also a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, World Studio Foundation Fellow, AAUW International Fellow, James Wolfensohn Fellow (MMMF), a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association grant and Ezra Litwak for Distinction in Screenwriting award. Born and raised in Pakistan, Afia is settled in New York. She teaches film at Princeton University.




  • Dukhtar (Trailer)