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Haya B. AlGhanim (HBG) is a filmmaker based between New York City and Kuwait City. Her previous work includes documentary, narrative, and experimental short films that have screened at various international film festivals and other exhibition venues. Her short narrative, Same, Old. 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 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 are distributed by New York University for educational use. Haya AlGhanim recently received her MFA in Film from Columbia University, where she taught film criticism and theory alongside Rob King. She holds a BA from The New School, where she was also a teaching assistant in 16mm filmmaking and digital video production. Through her artistic and professional practice, Haya aims to preserve and represent modern Arab art and culture.