About the Artist

Sarah Abdel-Jelil is a Mauritanian-American filmmaker, dancer, and choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN. Having grown up in eight different countries in a multicultural, interfaith home, her artwork explores notions of home, movement, and liminal spaces. Her current practice of dance time-lapse combines slow movement with time-lapse photography as a way of inviting people to move in tandem with the cycles of the natural world.

She holds a BA in cinema and media studies from Carleton College and is a recipient of the 2019/20 MCAD-Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Early Career Artists and the 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Her work has been screened at numerous venues and festivals including the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, St. Cloud Film Fest, and Altered Aesthetics Film Festival. She has completed residencies at Rosy Simas Danse three thirty one space (Minneapolis, MN), Caldera Arts Center  (Sisters, OR), and Château de La Napoule (Mandelieu-La Napoule, France). She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Minnesota ('25).

photo by Rik Sferra