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Museum Leila

Nadira Amrani


A surreal short fashion film commissioned by the Victoria and Albert museum in collaboration with Art Jameel. Follow Leila as she accidentally falls asleep at the museum and wakes up to find herself locked inside and seemingly alone. As she roams the halls in search of a way out, she enters a surreal world where fantastical objects come to life in the shadows – blurring the distinction between reality and fantasy, light and darkness, conscious and subconscious.

Nadira Amrani is a British-Algerian director, photographer and visual artist. She has directed films for some of the world’s leading brands including Nike, Oppo, i-D, Hugo Boss and UK Black Pride. Nadira has also directed music videos for some of London’s most exciting new artists. Her music video Higher Power for British rapper, Avelino, was nominated for an UKMVA. Nadira has been awarded funding from the BFI, the Sharjah Art Foundation, Arab British Centre and Getty Creative. In 2017, Nadira was selected to create her first short film Fly featuring British-Nigerian rapper Flohio, which was inspired by the Greek mythology, Icarus. Fly had its global premiere at the BFI film festival in 2018. Most recently, Nadira completed shooting Mincemeat a one-off drama for Channel 4 as part of the BAFTA-nominated On the Edge series. Her TV debut will be out later in 2021.