The big reveal: The identity of Mahmoud Darwish’s infamous lover "Rita" finally revealed
A selection of photos of Rita and an old black & white picture of her with Darwish. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Mahmoud Darwish's fans have longed to know the true identity of his mysterious lover Rita.
The iconic Palestinian poet had written the most romantic poems for the hazel-eyed lady, such as the famous "Rita's Long Winter" and "Between Rita and My Eyes is... a Rifle" without ever revealing who she really is.
Darwish has often assured his readers that Rita does exist, but that her name is an alias, for artistic reasons.
After forty years of much suspense and speculation, the real Rita revealed herself to the world in a new film by director Ibtisam Maraaneh titled "Sajjel Ana Arabi" (Write Down: I Am An Arab).
Tamar Bin Ami; that's who Rita really is. The Jewish Polish dancer made the big reveal this week, much to the shock and happiness of many of Darwish's loyal readers.
The film, which screened in Tel Aviv last week, follows the life of Mahmoud, his return to Palestine after 26 years of absence, his love affair with Rita and the hand-written letters he had once written her declaring his love for the dancer, in addition to a number of pictures that brought the two love birds together.
In the film, Rita talks about their love affair, why she had to keep it a secret for so long and much more.
You can watch the "Write Down: I Am An Arab" trailer here.