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I am waiting for you

In a room, a group of women (and one man) sit waiting. Some have been waiting for weeks, others for years, still others seem to have been waiting forever. They wait patiently and impatiently, nervously and calmly, hopefully and resignedly.
How does cancer impact upon one's relationship with oneself and with others – doctors, husbands, lovers, children, fellow sufferers? Why is women's cancer so often defined as a period of interminable waiting with neither beginning nor end? Why do we insist on perceiving it as “end-of-life” narrative rather than a journey towards recovery? That disease, that thing, the bad disease: these are just some of the terms we use to name and shame cancer and cancer patients in the Arab world. Wasafuli al-Sabr ( I am Waiting for You) aims to break the taboos we have put in place vis-a-vis cancer, to contemplate our fears and disavowals and to listen to experiences we have for long rendered unspeakable.

  • Paloma Yáñez Serrano
    Director
  • Benjamin Llorens Rocamora
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Lebanon
  • Country of Filming:
    Lebanon
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, French, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Paloma Yáñez Serrano, Benjamin Llorens Rocamora

Paloma works as an independent ethnographic filmmaker interested in the methods of adaptation humans develop to address changing environment, technology and political conflicts. She have been working for seven years making films and research projects in Congo, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Spain, Brazil and Mexico. In parallel, she has worked with Benjamin Llorens as a facilitators of text and mix-media interactive workshops with children and adults. Paloma is currently doing a PhD in visual anthropology at the University of Manchester studying people’s adaptation to industrial agriculture and changing landscape in the south of Spain.

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Director Statement

This film, as any other film, is not the product of one single mind, but of a collective. We pretend to put the viewer inside a dialogue between actors and their characters about a frightening topic: Cancer. I am waiting for you, shows how in Lebanon (a place where the C word is taboo), women with cancer struggle not only with an illness but also with their societies and support networks, sometimes inexistent and other times suffocating. Combining interviews with theatrical drama, the film aims to show how women, actresses and characters alike represent themselves through the different emotional phases of acceptance of terminal illnesses, unveiling hidden pockets of unspoken truths that will hopefully help other women in their cancer experience.