Co-presented with the University Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by CMU Film & Media Studies Program, Pittsburgh Palestinian Solidarity Committee
Directed by Maha Haj
Run Time: 108 mins
Released: Germany/France/ Cyprus/Palestine/Qatar/ 2012
A shot of expectations and a dose of dark humor provide the remedy to Waleed’s existential depression in Mediterranean Fever. Waleed, a writer who is unable to start writing, seeks for a permanent escape from the pressures of a Palestinian man living in Haifa. His only salvation, his new outlaw friend, Jarral. Mediterranean Fever offers a humorously complex take on social questions that continue to haunt Israel and Palestine.
"The Mediterranean Fever that the film is concerned about isn't the son's physical ailment, but rather the political, social and psychological burden of being a Palestinian in Haifa. The movie cleverly deflects this Palestinian tale away from being about religion by having Waleed refusing to complete a diversity form because he argues his faith is Palestinian, and that's not allowed as an answer. The computer will not let him continue…" – Cineuropa
Panel Discussion with
Anouar Rahmani, Author, Research Scholar, and Fellow in Residence, CMU Dept of Modern Languages and City of Asylum
Bob Ross, Professor, of Social Justice Studies and Community Engagement, Point Park University
Mohammed Bamyeh, Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Reception catered by Ali Baba
Maha Haj is a graduate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in English and Arabic literature. She found her home in cinema, beginning as an artistic designer for a number of productions before her debut short film Oranges in 2009. She describes herself as "a filmmaker who has a melancholic state of mind along with a sense of humor." Her most recent film Mediterranean Fever, has received international recognition, following the success of her debut feature film Personal Affairs.
Winner of Un Certain Regard - Screenplay Prize, Cannes Film Festival
Winner of Golden Firebird Award for Young Cinema, Hong Kong International Film Festival
Nominee for FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film, Palm Spring International Film Festival