Yasmine Hamdan continues to enthrall and wrap viewers in hidden beauty on her latest video “Douss“, George Bshoum’s remixed version. Taken off her Jamilat Reprise album, released this year, the remixes have proven to extract her successful sophomore solo album, Al Jamilat (2017), and emphasize a different aspect to their nature, brought to life by a variety of different producers and artists. With electronic cues from Bshoum, and an imaginative insight from director Ingrid Bawab, “Douss” and its new light construes the original message into a resolution of humility, hope, and dreams, all through the thresholds of insanity.
Originally breathing of politics and crafted in an acoustic, intimate way to feel the tenderness — “The spring for Arabs is here / Feeding us slogans lies and deceits / All of which you and I did not seek / Their conflicts undying greed” — the video shows the other side of the coin and focuses on the desires of a person, still fighting and dangerously crossing the line of one’s mental stability, as seen to those looking from the outside. Bshoum fills in any somber lows with bright, electronic-pop, jump starting the tempo of the track and melting into Hamdan’s airy vocals.
The video itself is weightless and truly leaves a viewer walking away with something more than originally started. Setting in an hospital, the direction slowly follows nurses and facial reactions of the patients who occupy the hospital’s space. As the track’s tempo begins to spark and a new patient makes way, there’s a sense of fearlessness that enters the screen. Bawab’s delicate direction focuses on key points of movement, individuality, and a sense of freedom when one is simply being themselves, noting Miss Universe, the boxer in training, and a gender fluid individual within the bright scenes. “Douss” suddenly takes on a new persona with Bshoum’s version, and exemplifies Hamdan’s original messaging on Al Jamilat, which are truly The Beautiful Ones.