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Best of the Fest: Personal Affairs

January 25, 2018
7:00 pm
Osher Marin JCC

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! PERSONAL AFFAIRS 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 Kaurismaki. 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 _____________________________ ABOUT THE SF JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 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. _____________________________ BEST OF THE FEST FILM SCHEDULE 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

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