Film Program: My Love Awaits Me by the Sea by Mais Darwazah

Thu, March 15, 2018 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY presents:

My Love Awaits Me by the Sea | Mais Darwazah

Documentary | Jordan Germany Palestine Qatar | 2013 | 80 minutes.

In Arabic with English subtitles

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Suggested contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Inspired by the Palestinian artist and writer Hasan Hourani's wondrous reveries, this poetic, first-person essay chronicles filmmaker Mais Darwazah's first-ever visit to her homeland, charting an exquisite journey to the seafront of Jaffa. When Mais first discovered Hourani's drawings and poems, she felt the rapture of having found a kindred soul. Hourani had drowned a couple of years earlier while trying to save his cousin from drowning. A singular painter and poet, in his work he created a fantastical world where he was a character stuck in boyhood, unaffected by the prohibitions of the occupation of the West Bank in which he grew up. In Hasan Is Everywhere, a book Hourani published shortly before his death, he lives underwater and sleeps in the clouds, consoles a lonely dinosaur, and falls in love with a fish.

My Love Awaits Me by the Sea,an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, is a voyage of discovery, encounters, reckonings and inward drifts guided by Hourani's drawings and poems.Fairytale and reality are woven together to contemplate the meanings of belonging, affiliation and love.

Film Awards

Jury Prize, Ismailia International Documentary and Short Festival (Egypt)

Golden Linx Award for Best Feature Documentary, New Directors New Films Festival (Portugal), 2014

Best Documentary, MedFilm Festival (Rome), 2014

Grand Prize, Festival Internacional de Cinema Feminino (Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil), 2014

About the Filmmaker

Mais Darwazah is a Jordan-based architect, graphic designer and director of ‘mixed genres’ films and documentaries. She has also directed two other films: The Dinner (2012) and Take Me Home (2008).


3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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