Personal Affairs | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Season 37 / January 25

Thu, January 25, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Get a front row seat to one of the highlight’s from the newest season of
SF Jewish Film Festival—the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world!

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This bitingly funny debut from writer/director Maha Haj traces the intergenerational dissatisfactions of a dispersed Arab family living in Nazareth, Ramallah and Sweden. Long-married couple Nabeela and Saleh communicate with one another through an elaborate series of mutually inflicted micro-aggressions. Their adult children consist of commitment-phobic son Tarek who awkwardly tries to avoid calling his dance partner his “girlfriend” at a checkpoint; very pregnant daughter Samar who has to guard a troublingly mobile grandma at home during the day; and lonely Hisham in Sweden, who fields accidental Skype calls from his parents at odd hours of the night. They all struggle to manage their own affairs. With a devilish eye for details and sight gags (including a sublime tango sequence in an Israeli holding cell), Personal Affairs subtly weaves political realities and commentary into its depiction of daily minutiae, deftly employing absurdly humorous situations as symbols of absurd governance. In this respect, it follows in the tradition of great Palestinian satirical comedies such as The Wanted 18 (SFJFF 2015) and Villa Touma (SFJFF 2015). By mocking the quirks that pull couples apart but also work to keep them together, Maha Haj has crafted a timeless portrait of domestic discontent, as well as a thoroughly contemporary and droll look at the bemusing indignities of border checkpoints, communications technology and impulsive romantic gestures. She is a new cinematic voice sure to be welcomed by admirers of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki. Selected for the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.—Tien-Tien L. Jong

Running Time: 88 minutes

Language: Arabic & Hebrew / English subtitles


The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world. Presenting innovative film each summer in the Bay Area, the festival promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Festival programs are meant to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience; and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.


If you missed it in the city, now’s your chance to catch it closer to home in Marin! We are pleased to present four films that represent the best from Season 37 of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Jan 18: 1945

Jan 25: Personal Affairs

Feb 1: Levinsky Park

Feb 8: Little Stones

*Concessions sold at each film screening


Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903