Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

PERSONAL AFFAIRS
(Omor Shakhsiya)

Year: 2016
Country: ISRAEL
Language: Arabic
Run Time: 90 minutes

PERSONAL AFFAIRS
PERSONAL AFFAIRS
PERSONAL AFFAIRS
PERSONAL AFFAIRS

Saleh and Nabeela are an elderly couple, bored of their routine life in Nazareth. On most days, his eyes are glued to a laptop, while she blankly stares at the television, robotically knitting. Any interaction between them is brief at best. Their kids are all grown up and preoccupied, living at a safe distance from their parents’ seemingly frigid relationship. Unfortunately, geography hasn’t prevented their unhappiness from spreading. There’s Tarek, who can’t shed his bachelor life in Ramallah, doing all he can to avoid falling in love. His pregnant sister Samar feels burdened for having to care for her husband’s senile grandmother, while he’s off pursuing his dream as an actor. Meanwhile, Saleh and Nabeela’s oldest child Hisham is in Sweden, enamored over a mystery girl who always seems to let him down. At first-glance, their situations seem relatively different. But a common thread emerges in the absence of effective communication. PERSONAL AFFAIRS is a beautifully honest drama about a family struggling to find the words to keep their fractured world from falling apart. (In Arabic with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF41 Screenings

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Sidebars
JEWISH AND ISRAELI VISIONS
VOICES OF THE ARAB WORLD

Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Maha Haj-Assal

Maha Haj-Assal is a Palestinian filmmaker living in Israel. She began her career in cinema as a set decorator, working on such award-winning films as "The Attack" and "The Time That Remains."

Filmography
PERSONAL AFFAIRS (2016)

Producer
Baher Agbariya

Screenwriting
Maha Haj-Assal

Cinematography
Elad Debi

Editing
VĂ©ronique Lange

Principal Cast
Amer Hlehel, Mahmoud Shawahdeh, Sana Shawahdeh, Doraid Liddawi, Maissa Abed El Hadi

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