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Made in Qatar - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2015

Mayar Hamdan / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2015 / 10 min / Colour / DCP2K / In Arabic, English / Arabic, English subtitles / Qatar Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


When she is caught cheating on an exam, Jana is sent to detention, where she encounters a cruel bird that taunts her mercilessly. The schoolgirl goes to extreme lengths to silence the creature (and cover up the messy aftermath), but it keeps coming back to pick on her insecurities. Using a mix of live-action and animation, this stylish dark comedy shows us what happens when we act on our dangerous impulses.

About the Director

A storyteller and filmmaker, Mayar Hamdan graduated from Northwestern University in Qatar with a degree in Media Industries and Technology. During her studies, Mayar was president of Studio20Q and founded Not Another Film Club. She was awarded Studio20Q grants for her films ‘Asfoora’ (2014) and ‘Man Down’ (2015). ‘Asfoora’ won the Best Short Narrative Award at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, and the Audience Choice Award at the Washington Arab Film Festival, and screened at the Chicago Palestinian Film Festival, among others. More recently, Hamdan has worked on numerous prjoects as a script editor, producer and art director. She currently works at the Doha Film Institute as a Film Training and Development Assistant.


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