Ms. Kadem is the Four-Time Winner of Best Lead Actress in the feature film “Nawal the Jewel” at The Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival, The Milan International Film Festival of World Cinema, The Multilcultural Film Festival in California and Boston International Film Festival. She was twice nominated for this role in England as Best Lead Actress, at both The London International Film Festival and The North Europe International Film Festival, and nominated at The South Europe International Film Festival in Valencia, Spain.
She marked her debut in Indian cinema, portraying this tour de force lead role in “Nawal the Jewel” – inspired by the true story of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who was covered all across international news, from BBC, to America, to the Middle East. She defended her life against an officer who tried to rape her, and was sentenced to death in Iran. Amnesty International, The UN and others tried to save her life, with thousands of signatures, but sadly, were unable to succeed.
Ms. Kadem shot the film bilingually in both Malayalam (the language of Kerala, India) and English versions, working opposite acclaimed Indian actors such as Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Shweta Menon (Salt n’ Pepper) and Anjali Upasana (Ben). Nawal was the first synced sound film in cinema history, to be simultaneously shot in two languages. She learned Malayalam for the role, spending several months of preparation on the script before her arrival to India. She makes history as the first American actor in a lead role to use her own voice as a non-fluent speaker in Mollywood Cinema.
“Nawal the Jewel” made its festival debut in 2018 and has received numerous nominations and wins.
She is also one of the main stars of the film, “Revenge Ride”, which won Best Ohio Feature Film. She was handpicked by director, Melanie Atikenhead (Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?) and actor/producer, James Franco (Spider-Man) to portray Nona, one of the lead motorcycle gang members, in the gritty, terrorizing story of a female gang, and their revenge against the men that did them wrong. Franco both acts in the film and executive produced the picture.
She began her training ground in theater at the age of 14, and has studied with greats like: BAFTA & Emmy Nominated Actor Alfred Molina (Chocolat, Raiders of The Lost Ark), Julliard Alumnus & SAG Nominated Actor Jack Stehlin (Weeds, General Hospital), Oscar Winner Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), and long-time method acting teacher & successor to Stella Adler and former classmate of actors such as Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Salma Hayek, Carey Scott (God’s Not Dead 2, Big Love).
Along with her career as an actress, she is also an award winning screenwriter, having received her BFA in the field. She has been a work-for-hire, had optioned material, and has consulted on various projects.
She has various film scripts in active development with producers and has been endorsed as a script consultant by some of Hollywood’s most creme de la creme, including Academy Award and Emmy Nominated industry.