Haya B. AlGhanim (HBG) is a screenwriter, director, and producer based between New York City and Kuwait City. Through her artistic and professional practice, AlGhanim aims to 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. By the Medina, For the Medina (director/cinematographer) won best documentary short at the first Kuwait Film Festival and was nominated for the Arab Film Awards presented by the Arab Film Institute. Short documentaries By the Medina, For the Medina and Freaky (director/cinematographer) are distributed by New York University for educational use.
She is in post-production on narrative short Labor Day (writer/director) and in development on two features, Head Above Water (producer) and Kuwait, Winter. (writer/director/producer).
AlGhanim also produces online digital content for new media platforms, including 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.