Haya B. AlGhanim (HBG) is a screenwriter, director, and producer based between New York City and Kuwait City. Through her artistic, curatorial, and professional practice, AlGhanim aims to preserve and represent modern Arab art and culture.
Her short films (documentary, narrative, and experimental) have screened at various international film festivals and other exhibition venues. Her short narrative, Same, Old (writer/director/producer) premiered at HBO’s Urbanworld Film Festival in New York and is currently traveling to other cities. Her short documentary, By the Medina, For the Medina (director/cinematographer) won in the best documentary short category at the first Kuwait Film Festival and was nominated for the Arab Film Awards presented by the Arab Film Institute. Her short documentaries By the Medina, For the Medina and Freaky (director/cinematographer) are distributed by New York University for educational use.
She is currently in post-production on narrative short Labor Day (writer/director) and in development on two features, Head Above Water (producer) and Kuwait, 2002. (writer/director).
AlGhanim also produces digital content for new media platforms. She has produced digital media for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Us Weekly, The New School and others. She currently works with MATTE Projects’ production department.
Haya AlGhanim is pursuing her MFA at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts and holds a BA from The New School in New York.