Mediterranean Fever by Maha Haj
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Mediterranean Fever by Maha Haj

A man in a gray shirt looks at another slightly blurred man in the foreground who looks out at the sea and clouds beyond them.
Maha Haj, Mediterranean Fever, 2022. Image courtesy Luxbox.

Mizna’s 17th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival opens with a copresented special event screening of Mediterranean Fever by Maha Haj, followed by a reception catered by Baba’s.

Aspiring writer Waleed lives in Haifa with his wife and children and suffers from chronic depression. Repelled by outside interaction, Waleed’s attempts at isolation are interrupted by the arrival of a new neighbor and small-time crook Jalal, who forces him out of his shell. He develops a close relationship with Jalal, with an ulterior plot in mind. As the two become close, the scheme to hire an assassin leads them into a journey of dark encounters. 2022, Palestine/Germany/France/Cyprus/Qatar, DCP, in Arabic with English subtitles, 108 min.

Maha Haj (b. Nazareth, 1970) graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in English and Arabic literature. Her cinematic experience was derived from her work as an artistic designer in the productions of The Time That Remains by Elia Suleiman, The Attack by Ziad Doueiri, and On the Hill by Rafael Natjari. She wrote and directed the short film Oranges (2009) and the documentary Behind These Walls (2010). In 2015, Haj shot her first feature film, Personal Affairs, which was selected in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection “Un Certain Regard” and received critical acclaim. The film also won the Haifa Film Festival’s Best Feature Award in 2016 and the Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier’s Critics Award, among others.

Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
September 27–October 1

Mizna’s 17th Arab Film Festival showcases films made by Arab and Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) makers. The opening-night film, co-presented by Mizna and the Walker, screens at the Walker Cinema. All other festival films will screen at the Main Cinema in Minneapolis. Select titles will be available to watch online.

For a full schedule and festival pass information, visit

For information about accessibility, or to request additional accommodations for this program, call 612-375-7564, or email

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  • Part of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, this screening is made possible by the estate of Dr. Inaam Matar.