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RUUN NUUR is an independent cinematic practitioner and cultural worker hyper focused on Muslim and African narratives. 

Producer of the Field of Vision commissioned documentary short, They Won’t Call It Murder (2021), a poetic exploration of Columbus, Ohio as a container of violence peruptrated by the local police force. The film was selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAMcinemafest, Camden International Film Festival, AFI Festival, DOCNYC and more.

As the co-founder of the nomadic microcinema, NO EVIL EYE, 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. 

As the Fall 2021 Film/Video Studio Resident at Wexner Center for the Arts, Nuur is developing several projects including a documentary feature on her homeland of Somalia and attempting to write two screenplays.

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



Co-creator of the nomadic micro-cinema that aims to ignite the radical imagintation around the moving image. 1/2 original film programming + 1/2 accessible educational workshops. 

We’ve been invited to curate and host workshops at Wexner for the Arts,  New Orleans Film Festival, Spectacle Theater, and 8BALL Community.

FourThree by Boiler Room 

Curated a weekly trailer series and special editions for this multifaceted platform aimed at commissioned underground film exploring themes of performance, identity, youth culture and anti-establishment. 

  • Death Undoes Her [October 2018] a giallo horror playlist 
  • Women Breaking Bars [November 2018]a radical anti-imprisonment playlist 

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.


They Won’t Call It Murder dir Ingrid Raphaël and Melissa Gira Grant

Bound by grief, five women in Columbus, Ohio reclaim the voices of their loved ones from the police who killed them. Together, they confront the impossibility of receiving justice from a system which has stolen the lives of their family members.

WORLD PREMIERE: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021
US PREMIERE: BAMcinemafest 2021

Official Selection: 
Camden International Film Festival 2021
AFI Festival/Meet the Press 2021
the opening night film of Unorthodocs Documentary Film Festival 2021


Assembled from familial archives, this essay film operates as a voyage into a celebratory day in Mogadishu, Somalia. 


An irregular print and digital movie magazine geared toward curating a radical cinephilia. Currently on hiatus due to funding.  

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SVLLY(wood) issue.4: IN CONVERSATION. Currently on pause!