So Dear, So Lovely

Diana Allan


Service taxi driver Abu Hosam, a Palestinian with a varied past, a doubtful future and a majestic present, drives the streets of Beirut and the map of memory, speaking his mind with wild energy and wit. So Dear, So Lovely is a song of grief and exuberance.

Director Biography

Diana Allan is a filmmaker and assistant professor of Anthropology at McGill University. Her scholarship and film work has focused on the Palestinian refugee community in Lebanon, and she is the founder of the Nakba Archive, a testimonial initiative that has recorded filmed interviews with first generation Palestinian refugees. She has filmed and directed 6 documentaries and was a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in Film and Anthropology, and her book Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (Stanford University Press, 2014) won the 2014 Palestine MEMO book award and the Middle East Anthropology Prize.

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