In her second feature, set in Haifa, Maha Haj creates a genre mash-up of a buddy comedy and a crime story. Family man Waleed dreams of being a successful novelist but suffers from writer’s block. After becoming friendly with his jovial neighbor, his fortunes seem to shift. Mediterranean Fever was Palestine’s entry for Best International Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards.
“A sly, charming story of friendship and personal crisis told with a melancholic wit reminiscent of The Sopranos.” —Chicago Palestine Film Festival
Directed by Bilal Alkhatib
(2022, 14 minutes, in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles)
Pursued by the IDF during the 1987 Intifada, Atef finds himself trapped in the yard of a woman who hides him in a bathroom to save him from arrest.
The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.
Directed by Maha Haj
(Germany/France/Cyprus/Palestine, 2022, 108 minutes, in Arabic with English subtitles)
Lynn Wyatt Theater, Digital