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Rania M. Tawfik & Laila Hotait – From a distance

Rania M. Tawfik


Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1981, Rania is from Iraqi origins. She graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2011 with a critically acclaimed experimental multi-camera documentary called A Light Breeze. The Eternal Night, her experimental documentary about blind people, won the Silver New Horizon at Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival in 2006. Apart from being a film director, Rania also works as a photographer on various projects.

Laila Hotait


Laila got a PhD degree from the Audiovisual Communication Department, Universidad Carlos III. Laila has worked as a correspondent for TV outlets like Al Jazeera Children and produced programs for Rosellini Films, Italy. In 2010, along with her sister, Nadia, Laila founded LAAVENTURA (www. laaventura .net), a platform that has brought together artists from around the globe to collaborate on various projects. Her work has been presented at international venues, from film festivals to museums. At the moment Laila is preparing to release her first feature documentary film, 'The Crayons of Askalan' about a Palestinian artist imprisoned for 15 years. The film, supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in association with the Sundance Documentary Institute and the Screen Institute Beirut, has been developed at the Berlinale TalentCampus and Dox Box Damascus. It will be released in the fall of 2011.


From a distance


"That summer night, the wheel of the Luna Park was spinning by the sea of Beirut." Rania and Laila are on a journey to find what once was lost. Both, daughters of the Arab diaspora reaching their thirties, they begin reflecting on their time on Earth. Their shattered memories of childhood, swimmingpools, war and diaspora intertwine their journey through deserted landscapes.