I Am the One Who Puts Flowers on Her Grave
Conceived as a summation of life's postponed projects, this beautifully shot black-and-white film is a monument to humankind's great resilience and love of life in the face of loss, exile and death.
Interviews with three Syrian women living in exile alternate with footage of the desolate island of Arwad, paintings by the filmmaker's husband, the husband's emotional return to Syria to see his mother after 24 years, and an interview with the artist Elias Zayat.
Part documentary, part fable, this well-crafted, highly emotional film pays tribute to the rejuvenating power of poetry and beauty. The film also acknowledges Daad Haddad, a Syrian poet who disappeared in 1991.