This is a short essay about the meaning of home and the search for it in a transient environment. It is a personal journey inwards with an intimate camera that observes and takes its time to look at the buildings and the surroundings only to find its reflections. Houses have memories too. They hide them under their windowsills, tuck them in layers of paint, and sometimes whisper them to birds passing by. I wonder whose memories these houses will keep. I live here but I am unable to leave a trace. I try to attach myself to the walls, dirty them, mark them… but I fail. They are constantly cleaned, watched, and protected. I caress them instead. And I film them, lest I forget. Home is where the heart is, they say. I disagree. My heart is everywhere. It left with the music. Like a turtle, I am always home. 13 min, Lebanon, 2016.
Rawane Nassif is a Lebanese/Canadian filmmaker and anthropologist. Rawane works in research and films often addressing subjects such as space, traditions, identities, displacement, and memory. She collaborated on several social documentaries in Lebanon, worked with immigrants and indigenous people in Canada, conducted visual research on nomadic traditions in Kyrgyzstan, taught anthropological courses in Tajikistan, wrote children’s books based on collected oral histories in Honduras, and worked as a film researcher for various anthropological art films with the Doha Film Institute for the National Museum of Qatar.
She has a BFA in Filmmaking from the University Saint Joseph in Lebanon and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alberta.