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RUUN NUUR is an independent cinematic practitioner and cultural worker hyper focused on Muslim and African narratives.  Nuur is invested in the democratization of cinema and its culutral and technological resources. 

Producer of the Field of Vision commissioned documentary short, They Won’t Call It Murder (2022), a poetic exploration of Columbus, Ohio as a container of violence peruptrated by the local police force. The film was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick and played at Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAMcinemafest, Camden International Film Festival, AFI Festival, DOCNYC and more.

As the co-founder of the nomadic microcinema, NO EVIL EYE CINEMA, Nuur has organized accessible education workshops and original film curation around the country and online. At 22, she created SVLLY(wood), an independent feminist print film magazine, one of the only kinds in the world.

She’s served on the juries of Sheffield Doc/Fest, Indie Memphis and has been an invitied guest speaker for Doha Film Institute, True/False Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and many more. 

Her essays and interviews have been published in Film Comment, i-D, DAZED, Hyperallergic and among other multimedia platforms. Her work has been profiled in Interview Magazine, NYLON, Brooklyn Rail, and more. 

Nuur has been named the 2022-23 Artist Residnecy Award at Wexner Center for the Arts and currently the 2022 Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship, working on a documentary feature on her homeland of Somalia.

C.V upon request. Send your salaams in the inbox <3 


public speaking

Wexner Center for the Arts March 2023 Masterclass with Alanis Obomsawin

Wexner Center for the Arts [ONLINE] September 2022 Conversation with Yasmina Price on Sara Gómez.

Melbourne International Film Festival [ONLINE] August 2021 Spoke on a panel with select fellows a part of the MIFF Critics Campus. 

In Converation with Dr. Terri Frances
[ONLINE] May 2021 Spoke to Dr. Terri Francis, Director of the Black Film Center/Archive, on her newly published book, ‘Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism’.

Wexner Center for the Arts x Free Space

[Columbus, OH] October-November 2020 NO EVIL EYE’s premiere gallery exhibition included SEQUENCE 01 and curating the gallery with political literature from local organizations. Free and accessible under COVID guidelines. 

Unorthodocs [ONLINE] October 2020  Interview with Ashley O’Shay for the Ohio premiere of her debut documentary, Unapologetic

New York Film Festival: Outside the Canon 
[ONLINE] September 2020 A roundtable discussion about expanding the cinematic canon and imagining new and equitable structures.

Doha Film Institute: Visions of Power [ONLINE] August 2020 Invited to discuss the works of Ousmane Sembene, political cinema, and African film. 

The Legacies Of Sarah Maldoror
[ONLINE] May 2020 Panelist at ANOTHER GAZE's virtual event honoring the iconic filmmaker, Sarah Maldoror.

Images Film Festival
[Toronto, Canada] April 2020Invited to as a guest session leader for the 2020 Research Forum.

New Orleans Film Festival
[New Orleans, LA] October 2019
Took the traveling microcinema to NOFF for a special screening and Q&A. Hosted a linkup + kickback with local anti-racist enviornmentalists.

Wexner Center for the Arts 
[Columbus, OH] August 2019 
Introduced Djibril Diop Mambéty's Hyenas (1992) for the opening night of Columbus Black International Film Festival.

[Brooklyn, NY] July 2019Took the traveling microcinema to Spectacle Theater for a 3-screening showcase. Also hosted a day-long linkup + kickback with 8BALL and anti-ICE organizers.

NO EVIL EYE CINEMA [Columbus, OH] May 2019Launched the microcinema at Wexner Center for the Arts with post-screening discussion and zine-fair.

True/False Film Festival
[Colombia, Missouri] March 2019
  Moderated eight (8) Q&A’s including world premieres with international documentary filmmakers. 

Indie Memphis Film Festival Indie Grants Jury [Memphis, Tennessee] November 2018

One of three members of the Indie Grants Jury.

Unorthodocs [Columbus, OH] October 2018

Moderate the post-screening Q&A for the Midwest premiere of Shakedown (2018) with Leilah Weinraub at Wexner Center for the Arts.

Indie Memphis Film Festival [Memphis, Tennessee] July 2018

 One of three members of the Final Selection Committee for Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Residency in Screenwriting 2018.

SVLLY(wood) @ Deptford Cinema [London, England] June 2018
Curated a special program of Sundance, SXSW, Vimeo Staff Pick, and BFI award winning documentary short films that center imprisoned women on screen and participate in the necessary work of undoing the celluloid legacy of violence and exploitation of women behind bars. Inspired by the ethos of SVLLY(wood)’s issue.3: INCARCERATION, this short film program was followed by a panel with filmmakers and local anti-prison activists.

Sheffield Doc/Fest  
[Sheffield, England] June 2018

Member of the New Talent Award Jury, set to discover the future of documentary film.

The New York Film Festival Critics Academy [New York City] Sept-October 2017

One of ten selected emerging writers to attend and cover NYFF screenings and events at the festival. Actively particiating in roundtable discussions with working writers and other members of the industry co hosted by Film Society of Lincoln Center, indieWIRE, and Film Comment Magazine.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences [Ohio Valley] June 2017

Judge for the 53rd Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy® Awards focusing on Short Form Fiction. Up to 30 diverse short films from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana.

Theorizing the Web Conference [New York City] April 2017

Panelist at the annual Theorizing the Web conference at the Musuem of Moving Image, presenting a talk on visual literacy and black personhood in the age of social media and Black Lives Matter.

press mentions

Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media  Making a Home for Film, Making Film a Home: The Nomadic Cinephilia of Ruun Nuur

Filmmaker Magazine A Colander in the River of the World: On Decolonizing Film Studies

MovieMaker Magazine
25 Coolest Film Festivals 

Field of Vision/Field Notes
Led by Imagination 

Brooklyn Rail

Interview with NO EVIL EYE co-founders


Radical Migration Stories on the Road

Columbus Alive  No Evil Eye debuts at the Wex

Interview Magazine

Columbus AliveLocal publication makes room for unheard voices in film criticism

5 Somali Artists And Writers On How Surveillance Culture Shapes Their Work

Columbus Underground
Local Activist Talks Self-Published Movie Magazine SVLLY(wood)

Film Society Lincoln Center  Artist Academy and Critics Academy at NYFF55

Graveyard Shift SistersHorror Blackademics: Rooney Elmi's Black Feminity as the Monstrousness video essay 
Graveyard Shift Sisters5 Questions with SVLLY(wood) Magazine Publisher, Rooney Elmi 
Film Jive Podcast contributed to Film Jive's Soundtrack of Terror Vol. II