Maha Haj

She began her cinematic career working as a set designer, script doctor, and art director. In 2009, she wrote and directed the short film BURTUQAL, which was released to critical acclaim and was screened at many international film festivals, and then the documentary film WITHIN THESE WALLS (2010). Her first feature film PERSONAL AFFAIRS, was nominated for Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard official selection in 2016 and won numerous awards, including Haifa Film Festival’s Best Feature and a Special Mention for International Feature Film at Zurich Film Festival.

Personal Affairs

A film by Maha Haj

2016 - Israel - Comedy/Drama

In Nazareth, an old couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their daughter is about to give birth while her husband lands a movie role and the grandmother loses her head ... Between check-points and dreams, frivolity and politics, some want to leave, others want to stay but all have personal affairs to resolve.