Haya B. AlGhanim (HBG) is a screenwriter, director, and producer based between New York City and Kuwait City. She is currently an MFA in Film candidate at Columbia University's School of the Arts and alumna of The New School.
Haya’s short films, documentary, narrative, and experimental, have screened at various international film festivals and exhibitions. Her short narrative film ‘Same, Old’ is currently in the festival circuit after premiering at the Urbanworld Film Festival presented by HBO. ‘by the medina, for the medina’, a short documentary by Haya, won for best documentary short at the first Kuwait Film Festival and was nominated for the Arab Film Awards presented by the Arab Film Institute.
In addition to her film work, Haya is a producer of digital content that exists online and on new media platforms. She has produced and edited digital content for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Us Weekly, The New School and more. She currently works in MATTE Projects’ production department and accepts commissions for commercial work.
Through her artistic and professional practice, Haya aims to pursue her passion in working towards the preservation and representation of modern Arab art and culture. Devoted to celluloid, Haya’s individual projects involve directing and shooting super 8mm and 16mm (when she has the time and money).
Currently, Haya is in post-production on two short films, 'Labor Day' and 'Operation Desert Storm' and in development for her first feature, '‘Kuwait, 2002.’.