Halaqat Film Days – Past and Present of Arab Societies through Women's Lenses
The Halaqat Film Days continue in December and celebrate the old and the new generation of Arab women directors and actresses. Together with the Cinemamed festival we celebrate the première of Mediterranean Fever by Maha Haj and invite her for a Q&A.
Walid, a 40-year-old Palestinian living in Haifa with his wife and two children, cultivates his depression and his literary inclinations. He befriends his new neighbour Jalal, a small-time crook. The two men soon become inseparable. Jalal is persuaded to help the writer by showing him his tricks and Walid sees an opportunity to achieve a secret project.
Maha Haj (1970) was born in Nazareth. She graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in English and Arabic literature. After writing and directing the short film Oranges (2009) and the documentary Behind These Walls (2010), she shot her first feature film, Personal Affairs
, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un certain regard
selection and received international critical acclaim.
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A on zoom, moderated by Nael Kleifi.
The European project Halaqat is implemented by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Bozar
– Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. Halaqat is co-funded by the European Commission (under the designation: EU-LAS CULTURE), the Goethe-Institut and Bozar.