Habibi Bistanani And il Bahar | 2012
When filmmaker Mais Darwazah discovered the drawings and poems of Hasan Hourani, she felt the rapture of having found a kindred soul. Hourani had drowned a couple of years earlier while trying to save his cousin from drowning. A singular painter and poet, in his work he created a fantastical world where he was a character stuck in boyhood, unaffected by the prohibitions of the occupation of the West Bank in which he grew up. Inspired by Hourani's wondrous reveries, Darwazah decides to leave her life of seclusion and journey to occupied and historic Palestine, to the seafront of Jaffa, where Hourani lost his life. Here, she chronicles her first-ever visit to her homeland, a voyage of discovery, encounters, reckonings, and inward drifts guided by Hourani's drawings and poems.