DocumentaMadrid 2017

Sokun Al Sulhufat

(Turtles Are Always Home)

Rawane Nassif
12' / 2016 / Canada, Lebanon, Qatar

DOC-TAI Award for a Talented Emerging Filmmaker

I left Lebanon in 2006. For the past 10 years I lived in 7 countries, 10 cities, and 21 homes. I slept in 21 beds, cooked in 21 kitchens, cleaned 21 bathrooms, stared at 21 windows, wrote on 21 desks, and locked 21 doors behind me. I packed all of my life into two suitcases and a backpack. The rest stayed behind.
Somebody somewhere uses my bed, somebody somewhere has my shoes. I was there. But now I am here.

Main Festivals & Awards

67th Berlinale
San Francisco International Film Festival - Golden Gate Award for Best New Visions Short (2017)

Director's Biography

Born in Beirut in 1983, Rawane Nassif is a Lebanese/Canadian filmmaker and anthropologist. She has a BFA in Filmmaking from the Université Saint Joseph in Lebanon and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alberta. Her work addresses space, tradition, identity, displacement and memory. She has directed several documentaries and written a book on the politics of memory in Lebanon, worked with immigrants in Canada, conducted visual research on nomadic traditions in Kyrgyzstan, taught anthropology in Tajikistan, and written children’s books based on the oral histories of Honduras. She currently works for the Doha Film Institute as a film researcher with the National Museum of Qatar.

More information

Director:Rawane Nassif
Language: Arabic
English and spanish subtitled
Screenplay: Rawane Nassif
Photography: Rawane Nassif
Edition: Rawane Nassif
Sound: Sasha Parsons, Rawane Nassif. Mixing: Victore Bresse
Producers: Rawane Nassif


Sunday 7th 19:00

Monday 8th 21:30

Sunday 14th 17:00


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From 3pm on 27 April

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