Rawane Nassif

Sokun Al Sulhufat / Turtles are Always Home
2016

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I left Lebanon in 2006. For the past ten years I have lived in seven countries, ten cities, and 21 homes. I have slept in 21 beds, cooked in 21 kitchens, cleaned 21 bathrooms, written on 21 desks, and locked 21 doors behind me. I packed all of my life into two suitcases and a backpack. The rest stayed behind. Somebody somewhere uses my bed, somebody somewhere has my shoes, somebody somewhere maybe remembers me in those fragmented traces of mine. I was there. But now I am here. In Qatar. In a fake Venice with colorful houses. Houses have memories too. They hide them under their windowsills, tuck them in layers of paint and sometimes whisper them to birds passing by. I wonder whose memories these houses will keep. I live here but I am unable to leave a trace. I try to attach myself to the walls, dirty them, mark them… but I fail. They are constantly cleaned, watched, and protected. I caress them instead. And I film them, lest I forget. Home is where the heart is, they say. I disagree. My heart is everywhere. It left with the music. Like a turtle, I am always home. (Rawane Nassif)

Rawane Nassif, born in 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon, has a BFA in filmmaking from Université Saint Joseph in Lebanon and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alberta in Canada. She is a filmmaker, author and researcher. Her work addresses space, traditions, identities, displacement, and memory. She currently works with the Doha Film Institute as a film researcher.

Production: Doha Film Institute, Beirut
Screenplay: Rawane Nassif
Camera: Rawane Nassif

Running time: 12 min
Language: Arabic

Photo: © Rawane Nassif