Zadoc Nava

Zadoc Nava is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer based in London. He is an Associate Lecturer on the MA Documentary Film course at London College of Communication.

Zadoc’s work blurs the distinction between fact and fiction, between the real and the constructed and between the still and moving image. His film and photographic practice explores identity politics in relation to belonging and hybridity, and reveals an interest in outsiders, the marginalised and the disenfranchised.

In addition to his teaching at LCC, Zadoc is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at University for the Creative Arts (Canterbury). He has also taught media practice at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Westminster University, University of Bedfordshire and the University of East London.

Zadoc worked for many years as a freelance director for the BBC, C4, Carlton and BSkyB directing music, arts and current affairs programming. He worked as post-production director on South, a C4 series showcasing films from the southern hemisphere and Synchro, a series for Carlton TV showcasing films from British Black and Asian filmmakers. He has directed dozens of TV and cinema commercials for clients like: Sony PlayStation, T-mobile and The Guardian, as well as non-profit organisations like Oxfam, Christian Aid, Save the Children, The Labour Partyand the BBC.

He has made a number of award-winning, independent films, including Big Fish, a short film about his father Mexican artist Jose Nava. His photographic series, Shadowlands, about ordinary life on the streets of Iran, has been exhibited internationally and a monograph of his photography work is available from Black Dog Publishing.

In 2015, Zadoc produced and directed the ICR Road Movie, a documentary about a number of arts projects in England and France funded by the European Commission. He also produced Gholam, the first British-Iranian feature film, directed by Mitra Tabrizian and scheduled for release in autumn 2015.