AWFJ EDA Award @ DOXA 2017 Filmmaker Interview: Rawane Nassif on TURTLES ARE ALWAYS HOME

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rawane nassifIn Rawane Nassif’s unusual short Documentary, Turtles Are Always Home, Qatar’s pastel-hued buildings form the backdrop for an engagingly enigmatic film essay. The only signs of life are captured as reflections in windows and on water. What a stunning way to tell a story. Read what filmmaker Rawane Nassif has to say about her intent and methods.

How and why did you encounter and commit to the subject/theme of your film and the main characters in it?

I live in the place that I filmed, and I always looked at it in a different way I guess, and wanted to film it to show others what I see. I am the main character in my film, and so are the other ghostly inhabitants and workers of the city. I just observed them, I did not chose them per say.

What did you learn about the subject/theme from making the film?

I made peace with myself, it has been a long process, and throughout the film I could detach completely from the idea of a localized home, or the need to have one, and just accepted my way of life. I am eternally homeless, with a home inside of me.

What did you learn about filmmaking from making the film?

Filmmaking can be an extension of the gaze itself, can be an expression and for sure can be a liberating form when paired with expression.

What were your biggest challenges?

How to show myself. And to decide to not talk to the camera.

Do you think that being female gave you a distinct perspective and/or way of handling the filmmaking process?
I think my relationship to “home” and to the other advertised women was definitely linked to a female issue of over emphasis on the “women happy in her home” mythology. So working on that relationship in my film, breaking that dream and going beyond is definitely a female struggle. The rest I think it is personal, and being a woman is part of my personal journey, but it does not define it. For example I have a poetic reflective silent way of seeing things, part of it is being who I am as a person and as a woman, but it is not a woman trait only.

What are your plans for the future?

I am working on a new film on food. I like to work on concepts and unpack them into many emotions and stories that go beyond the seemingly innocent starting point.

Who are the Filmmakers whose work has inspired/influenced your own?

I love the poetry and point of view in the works of Agnes Varda and Chantal Akerman.

What advice do you have for other female Filmmakers who are trying to make their way through a still male-dominated industry?

In my case, I felt it was easier to work practically alone since only then I could find the purity of my expression and made a bubble outside of the male dominated industry.

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