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My Love Awaits Me by the Sea

Fall Grant 2011 - Production Stage

Mais Darwazah / Feature Documentary / Jordan, Palestine, Qatar, Germany / 2012 / 80 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Documentary, Fantasy


‘My Love Awaits Me by the Sea’ is a poetic documentary that narrates the story of its director, Mais Darwazah, who takes a first-time journey to her homeland of Palestine. She leaves a secluded reality and follows a lover she has never met; Hasan, a Palestinian artist, who unveils a beautiful and utopian world to her. Fairytale and reality are woven together to question the elusiveness of place and the need to believe in dreams.


Mais Darwazah
Mais Darwazah
Rula Nasser

About the Director

Mais Darwazah began her film career making short experimental films. She received a British Council scholarship and completed an MA in documentary directing. Her graduation film, ‘Take Me Home’ (2008), screened in numerous international festivals. ‘My Love Awaits Me by the Sea’ is Darwazah’s first feature-length documentary: it participated at the Berlinale’s DocStation in 2009 and was awarded grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund in 2010 and from SANAD in 2011. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.

Awards and Festival History


Toronto International Film Festival 2013, in Official Selection (Canada)
CPHDOX 2013, in Official Selection (Denmark)
Istanbul International Film Festival 2014, in Official Selection (Turkey)
Dubai International Film Festival 2013, in Official Selectio


Won Best Feature at Latinarab Film Festival 2014, AFAC Award (Argentina)
Won the Jury Prize for Best Feature Length Documentary from Ismailia Film Festival (Egypt).
Won the Golden Linx Award for Best Feature Documentary from New Directors New Films Fest


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    Rula Nasser

    The Imaginarium Films

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