“A poetic meditation on what it means to be denied the chance to participate in a collective memory of normal life.” – Variety
How do you return to a place that exists only in your mind?
This is just one of the questions director Mais Darwazah seeks answers for in this poetic and intensely personal documentary. Born and raised in Jordan, Mais visits her Palestine homeland for the first time to retrace the last steps of late artist and kindred spirit Hasan Hourani, who accidentally drowned in the forbidden sea of Jaffa in 2003. Hasan’s utopian and childlike creations were embraced by modern Palestinians, looking to hold onto the dream of life outside the Occupation.
Mais’ fairytale love affair with Hasan and her poetic encounters with the Palestinian people and its landscape results in a spiritual homecoming. This delicate, tender cinematic essay seeks to find the sweetness of love in the harshest of places, and is enchanting to observe.