QATARI FILMMAKERS BRING A COMPELLING SLATE OF “MADE IN QATAR” FILMS TO SHOWCASE AT THE GULF FILM FESTIVAL
The 6th Gulf Film Festival announced today that the “Made In Qatar” programme is supported by Doha Film Institute (DFI), and will showcase six films from up-and-coming filmmakers in Qatar during the festival, which runs from April 11-17, at the Grand Cinema in Dubai’s Festival City.
Made In Qatar films will present audiences at the Festival with a unique and valuable opportunity to see Qatar through the eyes of its own people in a series of innovative and enlightening independent short films.
“We are consistently impressed with the quality of the submissions from Qatari filmmakers which is a great example of the burgeoning film industry in Qatar. These talented filmmakers are testament of programmes like “Made In Qatar” created by Doha Film Institute (DFI) who are dedicated to bringing these shorts onto a global stage. This year’s line-up films present a panorama of the country and its culture that will educate, inform and entertain audiences at GFF.” — Masoud Amralla Al Ali, GFF Festival Director
Fatma Al Remaihi, Head of Programmes at DFI said the regional acceptance of Made in Qatar films is a testament to the creativity and hard work of emerging talent from Qatar, committed to expressing their voices.
“We are incredibly proud of the films that have been selected to screen for regional audiences at GFF. They exemplify what can materialize when young filmmakers are given the tools, support and education to be able to bring their stories to life. The selected shorts will offer a glimpse into the imagination and creativity of Qatari youth who share a common goal to strengthen and promote the regional film industry.” — Fatma Al Remaihi, Head of Programmes at DFI
First time filmmakers Robert Arlo Deguzman and Kennedy Somera explore the issues of home, identity and belonging through a series of dreamlike images in the compelling short Transient.
Tarek Abu-Esber questions the daily routine of a local Qatari in the short Al-Muqanna3 (Masked) which follow Ahmed Al Jaber who drives his breathtakingly designed vehicles – adorned with flags, golden ornaments and lights – on the Corniche in Doha. What motivates him to put on this spectacle on the streets of Qatar?
Influenced by her grandfather, an acclaimed actor and director, Hend Fakhro’s first foray into film is titles Esmah (His Name) tells the touching story of an unlikely relationship. The film focuses on a Qatari woman and the unexpected friendship that is initiated with the man who cleans the streets in her neighbourhood.
Ghazil – The Story of Rashed and Jawaher inspired by William Shakespeares’ Romeo and Juliet revolves around the trials and tribulations of a strict family, a jealous cousin and society as enemy, set in the Gulf in the early 1900s. Aspiring filmmaker Sara Al-Derham cleverly crafts the tale of two devoted hearts fighting against everything they know and poses the question – how far would you go for love?
Established director Riad Makdessi brings his latest thought-provoking short 8 Billlion to GFF audiences this year. Set in the slightly surreal world of Doha, a city of expatriates, amid a landscape of luxurious lifestyles, two young people find that they are not only lost in an unfamiliar culture far from their families, but more significantly, they are lost in their own self-inflicted isolation.
Lyrics Revolt is the impressive work of four women directors Shannon Farhoud, Melanie Fridgant, Rana Al Khatib and Ashlene Ramadan. This exhilarating documentary delves into the lives of leading Arab artists — young rappers, hip-hop artists, and beat-boxers who employ the sharp political edge of hip-hop during this game-changing time for the MENA region and beyond.
GFF offers the very best in cinema from around the GCC region. For more information please check the Festival website on: www.gulffilmfest.com