FROM A DISTANCE
“He smelled of a blend of perfume, swimmingpool and summer”
A film essay on diaspora / Un ensayo sobre la diáspora
2014, 9 min.
Production Countries: Irak, Lebanon, Spain and Denmark
Produced as a Film for the CPH DOX Lab project at the CPH Docs Festival.
What do you think when looking at the sea? Asks Laila to Rania, and to us
¿Qué piensas al mirar el mar? Nos pregunta Laila a Rania y a nosotros
“They were in the mid of a war noone could predict the end to it”
From a Distance
“That summer night, the wheel of the Luna Park was spinning by the sea of Beirut.”
Rania and Laila are on a journey to find what once was lost. Both daughters of the Arab diaspora reaching their thirties, they begin reflecting on their time on Earth. Their shattered memories of childhood, swimmingpools, war and diaspora intertwine their journey through deserted landscapes.
Special Mention Award Iraq Film Festival
Dubai Film Market Pitching sessions
Iraq Film Festival
Malmo Arab Film festival
CEBU INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Istanbul international documentary festival
Berlinale Film Cloud
The Gulf Film festival Cinetech
A PRODUCTION OF CPH DOX LAB, Denmark.
DIRECTORS: LAILA HOTAIT SALAS & RANIA M. TAWFIK
CINEMATOGRAPHER: DIEGO LOPEZ CALVIN
SOUND MIXER: REDA AL-KHALOUFI