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Set in Socotra Island, a secluded enclave nestled between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean off the coast of Yemen, Dardasha, or "chatter" in Arabic, is a feature documentary infused with mythical lore and visions of a landscape mystifying in its rarity. Against sweeping backdrops of omnipotent mountain and somber sea, Socotri inhabitants narrate island stories carried through the generations, like that of the native Dragon Blood tree, or of Cain and Abel, in Arabic, Dam Al Akhawein (the blood of two brothers), whose blood is said to have seeped into the land giving birth to its peculiar vegetal essence. Under full moons encircling night fires and tea, local men sing folk songs, trail into philosophical ruminations over death and the afterlife, and fall into all manners of chit-chatter about the idiosyncrasies of their beloved island. 

  • Year
    2006
  • Runtime
    93 minutes
  • Director
    Safaa Fathy