2019 Summer Film Series: “Personal Affairs” by Maha Haj

Wednesday | June 12 | 6:00 p.m.
* A very light snack will be served at 5:30 p.m.
** This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Maha Haj’s first feature film revolves around the dynamics characterizing a family from her hometown of Nazareth, where only the grumpy, middle-aged parents remain. One of their adult sons lives in Sweden, working as a photographer; their other son and daughter live in the West Bank in Ramallah, where the daughter’s mechanic husband  is cast in a U.S. film after the director passes through his shop. In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles. Palestine | 2016

Maha Haj grew up and lives in Nazareth. She wrote the screenplay for the post-apocalyptic feature film Existence. She also wrote and directed the short film Oranges (Burtuqal) and the documentary Within These Walls. She works in Nazareth as a screenwriter, script doctor, and art director. Personal Affairs, her first feature film, was part of the official selection in Cannes.