Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: ‘My Love Awaits Me by the Sea’

Electronic Intifada, 6 November 2013

In 2003, Hassan Hourani, a rising star of Palestinian art, drowned in the sea off Jaffa, aged just 29. Having trained in Baghdad, exhibited across the Middle East as well as in South Korea and the United States and lived in Palestine and New York, he had returned to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and made a brief trip to Jaffa in present-day Israel with his nephew and friends.
Among the works Hourani left behind was the text of a book of children’s stories titled Hassan Everywhere. The fantastical tales of Rihan, who roams the world in search of love, were published along with assembled drawings from Hourani’s partly-finished artwork in 2004.
It is these tales — of clouds, fish, birds and breezes — which frame Mais Darwazah’s film My Love Awaits Me By The Sea. Hassan/Rihan becomes the guide for Mais the director, artist and narrator as she travels on a wistful, sparkling, melancholy journey through the landscapes of Palestinian youth, their dreams, fears and hopes.

The full article is here.

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