Alexandra Muhawi-Ho

Writer I Director

HABIBTI  (COMING 2019)

A thirty-three-year-old Arab woman endeavors to find her place in between her Arab and American identities in terms of her independence. This is Amira. 

Director's Note

As an Arab-Chinese-American woman, minority representation is extremely important to me. Seeing myself, my family or those like me in popular media or films, however, has been near to nonexistent. With Habibti, I aim to change that and hopefully the narrative surrounding the Middle Eastern community purported in media. Typically, the Middle Eastern community on film is shown in an extremist light and Arab characters are usually never the lead of a film, but rather the stock character antagonists. More specifically, the lives of woman are rarely shown beyond being the wife or mother characters and their sexual expression is certainly never considered nor discussed. With Habibti, I hope to bring an authentic portrayal of what it means to be an Arab woman, particularly one having grown up in America, and explore the balance between culture, family, and individuality. 

Though I am speaking about a woman's struggle through a cultural lens, Amira's story transcends color, race, and age. She, like other woman before her and after her, simply wants to be free and have the right to chose what is right for her. 

What We Need

In order to make this film a reality, we need your help so we're able to properly bring Amira's world to life and nail the cultural specificity and world through locations, props, costumes, and food. 

If you'd like to make a donation, please press the donate button below! Note: we are sponsored by Fractured Altas, which is a 501c, so all donations made are tax deductible. For any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to habibtithefilm@gmail.com.