My Love Awaits Me by the Sea

“No one can affect the sea, but the sea affects us”, says director Mais Darwazah’s mother. For her the sea stands for absolute freedom. My Love Awaits Me By The Sea is a beautiful depiction of Palestinians’ yearn for freedom where the sea equals freedom and freedom equals love.

This poetic documentary is a lovely and not your run-of-the-mill film about Palestine. It’s also an expedition to the director’s homeland and a tribute to the late poet Hasan Houran, whose Palestine is made of people hanging on their dreams. One wishes to be able to plant an orange tree one day. The other longs for open space and escapes the reality of a refugee camp by sitting on the roof of his house, his feet in a bucket of water – for a moment he’s at sea. Palestinians learn a very melancholic truism at an early age: there’s no home to go to, but it’s in the heart. The film asks how to return to a place that only exists in dreams.

Text: Mari Vaara / Translation: Tapio Reinekoski

Language: Arabia
Subtitles: English



  • Name in Original Language: Habibi Bistanani and il Bahar
  • Director: Mais Darwazah
  • Country: Germany, Jordania, Qatar, Palestine
  • Year: 2013
  • Length: 80 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Arlette Girardot, Joude Gorani
  • Editing: Vartan Avakian
  • Audio: Issa Qumsieh
  • Music: Cynthia Zaven
  • Production: Rula Nasser / The Imaginarium Films, Little Wanderer Films


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