Saturday, November 12, 2005

Dreams Without Sleep

Turnout was pretty good. The room, albiet small, was packed. Unfortunately neither director Waleed Al-Awadhi nor manager of the Kuwait Cine Club Imad Al-Nouwairy were able to attend to take questions. Audience comments went from sharing an experience of heading to New York on 9/11, to a comment about the image the movie perpetuates of the Arab as constant outsider in the US, to a retaliation on that remark that clarified some of its misconceptions.

I had a good time, particularly when I ended my night by going to Chocolate Bar with a friend after being ditched by my sister. I think that was the highlight of the evening (Not my sister ditching me, but chocolate itself)

Totally irrelevant: A friend told me she heard an interview with me on Kuwait Radio tonight. I don't recall being interviewed. I'm not the kind of person who gives in to interviews. However, when she repeated what I'd supposedly said on the show it sounded completely like me. She said my name was mentioned so even when I insisted that I haven't been interviewed she insisted that I was. Could I have been hypnotized into an interview? I'm not that much of a celebrity so I doubt that. Could I have totally forgotten that I gave such interview? I doubt that too since that would've been in Arabic and I know for sure that I can't talk shop in Arabic.

Totally totally irrelevant: When a teacher, myself, didn't prepare the presentation for her class tomorrow, what does she do? After wasting time blogging, she decides to give her students a writing exercise on 'what is beautiful?'. So what do I waste time on now? Finding paintings for the 'what is beautiful?' slide-show.

9 comments:

Shurouq said...

Ahem.. Sorry, Hanan :/

I'll make it up to you. Dinner's on me Monday night.

Shurouq said...

And welcome to the Twilight Zone

McArabian said...

You probably have a clone out there giving interviews on your behalf - as long as she's doing a good job, I wouldn't worry about it ;)

Jacqui said...

Give them the day off :P

William said...

I agree with Jackie. Give them the day off :) Sometimes I think blogging is too addictive...

(Hey, I'm trying here OK!)

Jazz Central said...

I saw Dreams Without Sleep last night too. Good effort, but kinda slow. It was missing substance. Its like "Been There, Done That"...I've seen the images and heard the stories before. But I really wish Waleed Al-Awadhi was there, so i could have asked him why? laish? Por Que?

Shurouq said...

Oops
I mean Tuesday night

Hanan said...

Shurouq. Don't worry about it. I did end up in Chocolate Bar after all :) Monday would've been possible but I'm busy Tuesday.

mcarabian. it turns out someone else heard it too so I guess it must have been the real me :)

jackie and william. no way. what's wrong with a writing exercise motivated by a slideshow of Renoir and Van Gogh accompanied by Beethoven and Chopin?

jazz. I came to the movie with lowered expectations which might have explained why i thought it was good.

william and jazz. welcome here

William said...

I just hate writing exercises :) I can't be creative on the spot. Thanks for the welcome.