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My Love Awaits Me By the Sea

Director: Mais Darwazah
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Participated in more than 30 festivals and won 4 awards.
The film is supported by The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Doha Film Institute, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program & Fund and Symbiosis Designs, in association with Screen Institute Beirut and with the participation of SANAD (The Development Fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, United Arab Emirates).
The film pays tribute to Hasan Hourani, a Palestinian artist who, with his imagination, rises above the Occupation.
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2013/ Jordan - Germany - Palestine - Qatar80 min/ Documentary
Original Title
Habibi Bistanani And al Bahar
A poetic documentary narrating the story of the director who takes a first time journey back to her homeland, Palestine. She finds everyone holding on to their dreams in a land exhausted by endless war.
Ghayda Ajalyaqeen Darwazah
Hasan Hourani
Mohammad Reda Al-Haj Ahmad
Samer Hussam
Screenwriter: Mais Darwazah
DOP: Arlette Girardot
Joude Gorani
Editor: Vartan Avakian
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Production Company(ies)
The Imaginarium Films
Mengamuk Films
Little Wanderer Films
in association with Screen Institute Beirut (funding support)
with the participation of SANAD
Rula Nasser
Michel Balagué
Mais Darwazah
film festivals
film festivals World premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
film festivals European premiere at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX), Denmark
film festivals Irish Premiere at the Silk Road Film Festival, Ireland
film festivals Arab World Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival, UAE
film festivals Tempo Documentary Festival, Sweden
film festivals East End Film Festival, UK
film festivals Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia
film festivals Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
film awards
film awards Special Jury Award for Best Feature-length Documentary at the 17th Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, Egypt
Best Documentary Award at the MedFilm Festival, Italy within the International Section
Golden Linx Award for Best Feature Documentary at the New Directors New Films Festival, Portugal
Grand Prize within the International Section at Femina - Festival Internacional de Cinema Feminino (Women's International Film & Arts Festival) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Mais Darwazah's documentary is a moving, intensely personal essay on her experience as a second-generation Palestinian making her first trip to the homeland.” Variety - Jay Weissberg

“Palestinian director Mais Darwazah’s documentary “My Love Awaits me by the Sea” is an epic love story.” Middle East Monitor - Jessica Purkiss

“My Love Awaits Me by the Sea unfolds as a poetic documentary, but it is more an ode to dreams, dreamers, and the power of fiction in transcending the harsh realities of life.” Ahram Online - Soha Elsirgany