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Personal Affairs (Omor Shakhsiya) Israel / 2016

“...a witty and modern family drama” – The Upcoming


Aging Christian Arabic couple Saleh and Nabila live together in a comfortable flat in Nazareth but scarcely speak; he lives on the internet while incessantly drinking coffee, while she cooks, knits and watches soap operas for emotional sustenance. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, while their pregnant daughter watches over Granny.

This feature directorial debut by Israeli director, Maha Haj, is an intimately layered work that skilfully renders the minutiae and frustrations of sprawling family ties. Premiered at 2016 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard).

88 mins / Hebrew (English subtitles)

Director — Maha Haj