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Turtles Are Always Home (Sokun Al Solhufat)

New Voices in Cinema

Rawane Nassif / Short Experimental / Qatar, Lebanon, Canada / 2016 / 13 min / DCP
Interests: Arthouse
MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.



Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker
Rawane Nassif considers the feelings of displacement and otherness that come with being an expat – a situation that gives rise to a contradictory sensation of transient belonging. Her exploration of a residential complex that is still under construction allows the artist to reflect on what it means to live in a fragmented series of places one calls “home” – and to recognise the difference between a home for one’s heart and a home for one’s feet.

About the Director

Born in Beirut in 1983, Rawane Nassif has a BFA in Filmmaking from the Université Saint Joseph in Lebanon and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alberta. Her work addresses space, traditions, identity, displacement and memory. She has directed several documentaries and written a book on the politics of memory in Lebanon, worked with immigrants in Canada, conducted visual research on nomadic traditions in Kyrgyzstan, taught anthropology in Tajikistan, and written children’s books based on the oral histories of Honduras. She currently works for the Doha Film Institute as a film researcher with the National Museum of Qatar.


Rawane Nassif
Rawane Nassif
Rawane Nassif
Rawane Nassif
Rawane Nassif
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Doha Film Institute
Rawane Nassif, Sasha Parsons
Victor Bresse

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