Opening Night film! Film Series : Chicago Palestine Film Festival 2017

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Omor Shakhsiya / עניינים אישיים‎‎

2016, Maha Haj, Israel, 90 min. With Maisa Abd Elhadi, Ziad Bakri.

Show Times

  • Sat, Apr 15th 8:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 28th 8:00pm

“Haj’s wry, good-hearted humor begins to feel almost radical, a revolutionary statement, reminding us that Palestinians are people as well as ‘a People.’” — John Bleasdale, Cinevue

“A fast-paced, quick-witted feature…leaves us with a smile and a lot to reflect upon.” — Jasmin Valjas, The Upcoming

The Saturday, April 15 Opening Night screening is now SOLD OUT!


Gently humorous and cleverly absurd, this sneaky little comedy-drama couches an undercurrent of political commentary in its whimsical set pieces staged in Palestine, Israel, and Sweden, and in family setups that are both realistic and slow-burning funny. Elderly marrieds Nabeela and Saleh communicate only through inflicting petty annoyances on each other, while their widely scattered adult children — pregnant Samar, commitment-phobic Tarek, and Swedish immigrant Hisham — deal with the baffling contradictions of their world with ingenuity, including a lovely tango duet in an Israeli holding cell. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Preceded by TODAY THEY TOOK MY SON (2016, Pierre Dawalibi, Lebanon/UAE, 7 min.). A thrown stone shatters a family’s unity. In Arabic and English with English subtitles.

Saturday, April 15 at 8 PM: Farah Nabulsi, producer of short film TODAY THEY TOOK MY SON, is scheduled to appear via Skype.

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