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Zadoc Nava is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and university lecturer. Blurring the distinction between fact and fiction, between the real and the constructed, his work explores identity politics in relation to belonging and hybridity, with a particular interest in the experiences of outsiders, the marginalised and the disenfranchised.
Since 2015, Zadoc has been an Associate Lecturer on MA Documentary Film at London College of Communication, UAL. He has previously taught film and photography practice at several universities in UK, including his post as (Acting) Course Leader on MA Directing Film at Westminster University.
In 2019, Zadoc produced Gholam, the debut feature by British-Iranian artist Mitra Tabrizian, starring Shahab Hosseini (winner of Cannes Jury Best Actor prize for his role in the Oscar winning A Salesman, 2016).
Gholam was Mark Kermode’s Observer/Guardian Film of the Week on UK release. He has also produced several shorts, including Tabrizian’s The Insider (2019), with a script by Booker prize-winning author Ben Okri. He is currently developing a new feature film project The Far Mountains with the BFI.
Zadoc was included on Film London’s Lodestar inaugural list of 25 of the London’s most promising filmmakers and creative talents (2019), longlisted for a BIFA Discovery Award (2018) and selected to participate in the Berlin Talents lab (2018) and BFI Producer Network at Cannes (2021).
In the past, Zadoc has directed numerous award-winning shorts and documentaries, including Big Fish, a short film about his father, the Afro-Mexican artist José Nava (C4). He worked for many years as a freelance TV director on series including South (C4) showcasing films from the southern hemisphere, and Synchro (Carlton TV) showcasing films from British Black and Asian filmmakers.
He also directed numerous TV and cinema commercials for clients including Sony PlayStation, T-Mobile and Lloyds Bank, and non-profits like The Guardian, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Save the Children and The Labour Party.
Zadoc’s photography work has been published and exhibited widely, including the Tehran Biennale, Iran, ArtStart, Saatchi Gallery, London and Rencontres d'Arles, with solo shows in London and Belfast. Shadowlands, a monograph of his photography, is available from Black Dog Publishing.
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