I Wet My Hands And Surveyed Vessels Approaching Marks Eyed Inside

Roula Haj-Ismail

1992, 13:00 minutes, colour, English/Arabic


"I wanted to look at how scars define our personalities. The same way our bodies are socially constructed & constitute a meaningful entity, scars, both inner and outer define us. The inner scars of my grandmother must be verbalized in order to be seen. The outer scars of giving birth must be exhibited. My life as an immigrant living in a western country, my return to my so called homeland is also part of this tape. I was always seen as a different person, there and here. Living in Beirut, in a fragmented and divided city, my own internal fragmentation became more obvious to me".

Rental and Sales

Single Screening Rental


Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)


5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy


Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote

Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote

Curators and programmers, please contact to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.

Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.