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by Mais Darwazah


A woman embarks on a journey from Jordan back to Palestine to find her imaginary lover Hasan, a deceased poet and illustrator. Through his fantasy world she discovers the remnants of hope in characters living under occupation. This film is a personal account of displacement, taking the filmmaker on a near impossible first journey back to her country of origin. Along the way, she meets characters, searching for her Hasan in every one of them; characters that don't conform to the prevailing realities, instead creating their own personal comfort zones in order to survive under despairing conditions.

international title: My Love Awaits Me by the Sea
original title: Habibi bistanan and al bahar
country: Jordan, Palestine, Germany, Qatar
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Mais Darwazah
film run: 80'
release date: CA 07/09/2013
screenplay: Mais Darwazah
cinematography by: Arlette Girardot, Joude Gorani
film editing: Vartan Avakian
music: Cynthia Zaven
producer: Rula Nasser
production: Mengamuk Films, Imaginarium Films
backing: The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Doha Film Institute, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program & Fund, Symbiosis Designs, The Royal Film Commission Jordan

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Toronto International Film Festival 2013 
CPH:DOX 2013 In Competition
Medfilm Festival 2014Best Documentary

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