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The makers of Habibi are in development for their next feature Marjoun and the
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Habibi DVD is now available for institutional purchase, including screening rights.
Film in Arabic with English subtitles. DVD Extra: virtual poetry book.
PAL and NTSC available. Our DVD has been acquired by Harvard University,
Brown University, University of London, University of Sydney, Museet for
Samtidskunst (Denmark), NYU Abu Dhabi, and many other institutions around
For questions regarding acquiring or screening Habibi, email us at
Watch Habibi through Vimeo On Demand.
Susan presented Habibi in Gaza on December 18th. Here's the letter she wrote about her experience.
Habibi director Susan Youssef is featured in an interview on the Lincoln Center
More praise for Habibi:
'An emotionally complex and poetic film, much richer than its simple plot would
suggest' Electronic Intifada.
'Youssef's debut film captures the ecstasy and desperation of frustrated passion
as it presents a desolate portrait of Palestine today' Boston Phoenix.
'Aided by the striking presence of Abd Elhadi, the film is at its best portraying
with honesty and searing realism,' Boston Globe.
'The end will leave you breathless and wondering,' Huffington Post.
'Tragic and beautiful,' Lincoln Center.
'A daring and honest portrayal,' Vibewire.
An interview with Susan Youssef during Venice Film Festival 2011.
An interview with Susan Youssef, in Arabic, after Habibi won four prizes including Best Film and FIPRESCI Prize at Dubai International Film Festival 2011.
The limited edition Habibi film poster designed with the support of Reza Abedini
is now available. Reza Abedini, the internationally renown graphic designer/artist
who is famous for his modern Arabic typography, has designed the title for our
film which is now featured on our limited edition A1 print (24x33 inches). If you
choose to purchase this print, funds from the sale will go to support Middle East Children's Alliance.
To order, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Susan Youssef presents Habibi in Gaza, at the Institut Français de
Gaza, on December 18. This is a free, public screening.
Habibi screens in Mostra Mundo Arabe de Cinema.
Habibi screens at the Jacob Burns Film Center.
Habibi screens from April 22-24 at Providence College with
Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Habibi screens on April 22 at Kenyon College as part of the
Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Habibi screens at Arab Film Festival, Texas.
Habibi screens on April 13 in Haifa. For more info go to
Habibi is the Closing Night Gala film at Birds Eye View in London.
Wednesday 10 April, 6.20 pm, BFI Southbank.
Habibi screens at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
in Durham, NC as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
April 8, 7.00 pm.
Habibi has its theatrical release in Switzerland! Find more info at
Habibi screens at Chennai International Film Festival.
Habibi screens at Bangalore International Film Festival.
Habibi screens at Bahamas International Film Festival.
Habibi screens at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library in Tucson as part of the
Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival.
Habibi screens at reRun Theater in Brooklyn.
Habibi screens at Ljubljana International Film Festival.
Habibi screens in Jaffa at Al Saraya Theater.
Habibi screens at University of Redlands.
Habibi screens at Sheffield Cinema Palestino Film Festival.
Habibi screens at Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival.
Habibi screens at Latin Arab Film Festival.
Habibi screens at Ro-IFF, Romania.
Habibi screens in Lincoln Center in The Dubai International Film Festival Focus.
LATIN AMERICAN PREMIERE: We're in competition at Brasilia International
Habibi screens at the Arab Film Festival in Australia.
Habibi is the opening night of Arab Film Festival in Australia.
The Consulate General of France in Jerusalem presents Habibi on June 11
at their center. Habibi is the Opening Night film of the Franco Palestine Film
Habibi screens at the Franco Arab Film Festival in Amman.
Habibi has its New York premiere at Lincoln Center as part of Human Rights
Watch Film Festival.
Habibi screens in the Holy Land, in a self-initiated and self-supported tour.
Nazareth: May 14 at 8 p.m. This is a free screening presented by El Sana Cinematheque.
Ramallah: May 15 at 7 p.m. at Al Kasaba Theater. Tickets are 15 NIS and all
proceeds go to supporting Al Kasaba Theater.
Bethlehem: May 16 at 8 p.m. at Dar Annadwa. Tickets are 10 NIS and all
proceeds go to supporting the costs of the theater.
Habibi is the opening night film at Panorama in Paris.
Habibi screens in Turkey at the Flying Broom International Film Festival.
Habibi raises funds to provide clean water for children in Gaza! We partner with Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) to support Dr. Mona El-Farra's clean
water project. MECA and co-presenter Arab Film Festival hold the festival
screening of Habibi on May 10 at the historic Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, CA. This is the Bay Area premiere of the film! For more information, click here.
Habibi screens at Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
Habibi screens at Princeton University.
Habibi screens at Johns Hopkins University.
Habibi screens at University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
Habibi screens at Wesleyan University.
Miami International Film Festival highlights Habibi in its 'Four World Directors
to Watch.' Read more here.
Habibi screens at Toronto Human Rights Watch.
Habibi screens at International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights,
Habibi screens at Henderson State University, Arkadelphia.
Habibi screens at University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Habibi screens at Cinema Novo Festival, Brugge.
Habibi screens at Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London.
Habibi screens at Movies That Matter Film Festival, The Hague.
Habibi screens at Festival Intl du cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan, Morocco.
Habibi screens at Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil.
Habibi screens at FEST, Belgrade.
Habibi supports the opening of Aflam with a screening in Abu Dhabi!
Read more here.
IFP and Sundance Institute present Habibi as part of 'American Independents in
Habibi screened at the Arab International Film Festival - Oran.
Habibi had its Asian premiere at Busan International Film Festival 2011.
Habibi screened at Reykjavik International Film Festival 2011.
Habibi had its North American premiere this September at the Toronto
International Film Festival. To read more about it, check out Variety.
Habibi had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2011 in
Venice Days. To read more about it, check out Variety or Screen Daily.
Susan Youssef participated in the 27 Times Cinema seminar while at the
Doha Tribeca Film Festival
Habibi has been selected to show sample scenes at Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
IFP Lab Showcase
New York, NY
Habibi select scenes screened at the IFP Lab Showcase on the rooftop of
Solar One. 650 people attended the event.
25 New Faces
41st Poetry International Festival
Rotterdamse Schouwburg; Rotterdam, NL
Habibi sample scenes were presented for the first time at the 41st Poetry International Festival by Dr. Ihab Saloul, a professor of comparative literature
from Gaza who mentored Susan Youssef while she wrote the script.
Habibi is one of the top five films of 2011 in Sight & Sound. In addition to the downloads in our sidebar, check out these write-ups in SydneysBuzz on Indiewire, Hollywood Reporter, The National, Variety, Variety Arabia and The Daily Star.
August 23, 2011
Dubai's Enjaaz fund backs Venice, Toronto-bound Habibi.
Download Screen Daily article here.
June 29, 2011
June 11, 2011
March 15, 2011
“New Faces in Indie Film” covers the presentation of Habibi sample scenes in Tacoma, Washington. Download the article here.
“New Faces of indy works” covers the Tacoma, Washington event which
featured Habibi sample scenes. Download the article here.
Habibi director Susan Youssef is on Filmmaker magazine’s annual list of 25 directors to watch for. Download the article “25 New Faces” here.
“In the Works”, a weekly column taking a look at upcoming films, spotlights
Habibi. Download the article here.
“IFP Announces Independent Filmmaker Labs Narrative Lineup” discusses
Habibi as an IFP Lab Fellow. Download the article here.
“IFP Announces Narrative Lab Participants” lists Habibi as a lab fellow and
reviews lab details. Download the article here.
In “The Trials of Making a Film in Gaza”, Susan Youssef writes about her
seven-year long journey of making of Habibi. Download the article here.
In “Worldwide Directors Get Grants”, Habibi is noted as a Cinereach grant
recipient. Download the article here.
“Winners and Porno” announces Habibi’s win of the Grand Prize in the Emerging Narrative category at Independent Film Week. Download the article here.
In “Shooting in Gaza”, Susan Youssef shares her diary entries from her 2007
trip to Palestine. Download the article here.