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My Love Awaits Me By the Sea
Director: Mais Darwazah
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.
2013/ Jordan - Germany - Palestine - Qatar80 MIN/ fantasy
Original Title
Habibi Bistanani And al Bahar
A woman takes a journey back to her Palestine. She meets Hasan, her imaginary lover, and through his fantasy world she finds the remnants of hope in characters living a harsh reality.
Ghayda Ajalyaqeen Darwazah, Hasan Hourani, Mohammad Reda Al-Haj Ahmad, Samer Hussam
Screenwriter: Mais Darwazah
Editor: Vartan Avakian
DOP: Arlette Girardot, Joude Gorani
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
World premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
European premiere at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX), Denmark
Irish Premiere at the Silk Road Film Festival, Ireland
Arab World Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival, UAE
Tempo Documentary Festival, Sweden
East End Film Festival, UK
Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia
Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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