DOCUMENTARY

The Sea Belongs To Mariam” a film by Wael Hamada

22/09/2015

“Mariam takes the open sea as her lover and source of income, so she starts fishing and she finds in the sea, her salvation and inner peace.”

 

The film explores the subject of exile and the impact this has on the refugee in terms of the lack of options in his or her host culture, as told through the story of Mariam, a Syrian woman who has taken the decision to move out of central Beirut and onto the narrow sidewalk along the city’s Corniche. She makes her home there and takes the open sea as her lover and source of income, so she starts fishing and she finds in the sea, her salvation and inner peace.

 

The film also addresses the subject of migration by sea, the dangerous route that many Syrians now see as their deliverance in their continual quest for life. Here, as so often, the sea is no loyal friend, no lover or saviour. It swamps them with its waters and buffets them with its waves.

 

 

This film has received the support of Bidayyat’s documentary grant 2015

 

 

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