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Cinema Under the Stars


  • Thu Apr 19, 08:00 PM, Aspire Park

Come one, come all! Experience the magic of watching film under the stars. The weather is sweet, the breeze is light and nature is all around. Doha Film Institute brings you, your family and your friends this unique series with specially selected films that are sure to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Upcoming Screenings:

In collaboration with Aspire

To celebrate Earth Day 2018, Doha Film Institute is delighted to bring you another instalment of our ever-popular ‘Cinema Under the Stars’ series. Join us in the verdant surroundings of Aspire Park this April for a screening of ‘Planet Earth II’.

19 and 20 April at 8:00 PM, Aspire Park

Planet Earth II: Islands and Mountains

Narrated by: David Attenborough

The second edition of the critically acclaimed wildlife documentary series with David Attenborough begins with a look at the remote islands which offer sanctuary to some of the planet’s rarest creatures… Read more

Past Screenings:

Made in Qatar short film programme

16, 17, and 18 March at 8:00 PM


Directed by: Nora Al-Subaie

By re-imagining a familiar fairy tale in a very contemporary fashion, Nora Al-Subai creates a Qatari romance for the ages. Read more


Directed by: Amal Al-Muftah

In an old Qatari village, a young boy is playing soccer by himself. When he accidentally throws the football over a wall and is unsure how he is going to retrieve it, his sister comes to the rescue – but her act of kindness gets her into trouble. Read more


Directed by: AJ Al-Thani

Out in the quiet desert, a father teaches his sons how to hunt, but a careless struggle between the two brothers leads to disaster. Read more

The Noble Tree

Directed by: Ghassan Kairouz & Pascale Abou Jamra

Once upon a time, four trees grew around a lake. The youngest tree was the most popular with visitors, because of its cooling shade and the delicious fruits it produced. Read more


Directed by: Dana Al-Meer

Reem and Mahmoud want to go to America, but circumstances keep getting in the way in this fast-paced and very funny short. Read more

Love Blood Test

Directed by: Mostafa Sheshtawy

Baghat and Waneesa passed their love blood test, so all they need now is her father’s blessing. But the path to true love is never simple. Read more

19, 20 and 21 March at 8:00 PM

Finding Nemo

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

A tale which follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish, the fretful Marlin and his young son Nemo, who are separated from each other in the Great Barrier Reef. Read more

22, 23 and 24 March at 8:00 PM

Winnie The Pooh

Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall

During another day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some of his beloved honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Read more

Presented as part of Discover America Festival 2017

Wednesday, 1 November, 7:00 PM, Museum of Islamic Art Park


Directed by: David Soren

Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) is a speed-obsessed snail with an unusual dream: to become the world’s greatest racer! This odd snail gets a chance to leave his slow-paced life behind when a freak accident gives him the power of superspeed. Newly revved-up, Turbo embarks on an extraordinary quest to enter and win the Indianapolis 500. Accompanied by a dedicated pit crew of trash-talking adrenaline junkies, Turbo becomes the ultimate underdog by refusing to let his limitations get in the way of his dreams. Read more

Thursday, 2 November, 7:00 PM, Museum of Islamic Art Park

Big Dream

Directed by: Kelly Cox

‘Big Dream’ follows the intimate stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in science, math, computing & engineering. From small town Iowa to the bustling streets of the Middle East, Big Dream immerses viewers in a world designed by and for the inspiring next generation of girls. Read more

Friday, 3 November, 7:00 PM, Museum of Islamic Art Park

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Directed by: Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook

‘Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron’ follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man for the first time, Spirit defies being broken, even as he develops a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave. The courageous young stallion also finds love with a beautiful paint mare named Rain on his way to becoming one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Old West. Read more

Saturday, 4 November, 7:00 PM, Museum of Islamic Art Park

Alive Inside

Directed by: Michael Rossato-Bennett

‘Alive Inside’ follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalised music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (‘Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain’) and musician Bobby McFerrin (‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’). Read more

Sat 1 April – 7:00PM, Hotel Park – In front of The Sheraton Hotel Doha
Tue 4 April – 7:00PM, Hotel Park – In front of The Sheraton Hotel Doha

Dari Qatar: A film by all of us

Directed by: Ahmad Al-Sharif

A year in the making.

Throughout 2016, people across our great nation have been submitting video clips for the Dari Qatar project, and we at the Doha Film Institute have been weaving them together to create a tapestry of daily life in Qatar.

The premiere screening of this hugely successful portrait of Qatar took place at Katara Cultural Village, with a red carpet event for Qatar’s dignitaries and officials, as well as for all who contributed to this amazing project… Read more

Sun 2 April – 7:00PM, Hotel Park – In front of The Sheraton Hotel Doha
Thu 6 April – 7:00PM, Hotel Park – In front of The Sheraton Hotel Doha
Fri 7 April – 7:00PM, Hotel Park – In front of The Sheraton Hotel Doha

Made in Qatar Short Film Programme

The Palm Tree

Directed by: Jassim Al-Romaihi

In a sterile lab, sprouts are methodically planted, their growth observed and tracked. Seeds are washed and sifted by machines, before being precisely set in soil under bright lamps… Read More


Directed by: Rahab Elewaly

This animated adaptation of a Middle Eastern folktale follows Rain on a journey into the desert. After a tragic event, he seeks refuge in a drought-stricken Bedouin camp, where he is challenged by expectations that arise from his name… Read More


Directed by: Bayan Dahdah

After deciding to prepare shishbarak for a friend’s visit, a young woman refers to her mother’s cookbook to remind her how the recipe goes. Memories of her mother’s at times exasperating presence overwhelm her so that it’s as though the woman is right there in the kitchen with her… Read More


Directed by: Aisha Al Muhannadi

The repetitive actions of men and machines become a dance of grace and beauty in ‘Makh’bz’ as Aisha Al Muhannadi transforms the making of bread in Madinat Khalifa into a mesmerising vision… Read More

Hero and the Message

Directed by: Pawel Borowski

Qatar National Day marks the historic day in 1878 when Sheikh Jassem bin Mohammed bin Thani, the founder of Qatar, unified the country under one banner… Read More

Thu 30 March – 7:00PM, Hotel Park – In front of The Sheraton Hotel Doha
Fri 31 March – 7:00PM, Hotel Park – In front of The Sheraton Hotel Doha
Wed 5 April – 7:00PM, Hotel Park – In front of The Sheraton Hotel Doha

International Short Film Programme

A Day In India

Directed by: Daniel Klein, Mirra Fine

This short film compiles three weeks of filming, traveling and eating in India into a single day… Read More


Directed by: Shingo Usami

Kenji has lost his wife and Josh has lost his mother, and this father-son duo is not finding it easy to communicate without her. In taking over the day-to-day care of his boy,… Read More


Directed by: Alexandre Dubosc

Food Art stop Animation… Read More

The Heart Followers

Directed by: Tord Theodor Olsen

Inside a glass dome in northern Norway lives a family of five. In this inhospitable Arctic climate, the Heart Followers have found a unique way of life… Read More

Making Za’atar

Directed by: Leen Al Zaben

A short creative documentary featuring the recipe for za’atar… Read More

Yum Yum Yummy

Directed by: Gwendoline Gamboa

Food, glorious food! What do you think your dinner might be doing while you aren’t looking? OK, OK, children aren’t supposed to play with their food – but they’re certain to enjoy this fantasia of gastronomy!… Read More

21 January – 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Dari Qatar: A film by all of us

Directed by: Ahmad Al-Sharif

A year in the making.

Throughout 2016, people across our great nation have been submitting video clips for the Dari Qatar project, and we at the Doha Film Institute have been weaving them together to create a tapestry of daily life in Qatar.

The premiere screening of this hugely successful portrait of Qatar took place at Katara Cultural Village, with a red carpet event for Qatar’s dignitaries and officials, as well as for all who contributed to this amazing project.

Read more

19 November – 7:00 PM

Going to Heaven

Directed by: Saeed Salmeen

‘Going to Heaven’ revolves around the events in 11-year-old Sultan’s life. Seeking to return to the arms and the tenderness of his long-lost grandmother, Sultan embarks with a friend on a crazy journey from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah via Dubai…Read More

DFI Cinema Under The Stars: Made in Qatar
15 October – 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM


Directed by: Zainab Mohammed Ayon

Of her seven siblings, Maryam is the only one who isn’t married. Because of this, the young woman begins to wonder… if she were just a bit shorter, or if she lost a few kilos, or if she changed her nose, would she have a husband?…Read More

Veganize It!

Directed by: Khalid Salim

Bakr has some big news, but he’s not sure his family, friends or even his fiancée will be able to accept it: he has decided to become vegan. As he tells those closest to him, the reactions aren’t what he had hoped for…Read More

7amood Kahraba

Directed by: Mohammed Abdulla

7amood’s obsession with electricity – more specifically, with using as much of it as he possibly can – is off the hook, until he goes one step too far. Offbeat and punchy, ‘7amood Kahraba’ has the witty smarts and clever syncopation of a fast-paced music video with an important message…Read More


Directed by: Yousef AlMoadhadi

A young man is obsessed with his mobile phone. Worried because his battery is running low, he gets into all kinds of trouble because of his beloved gadget – he loses his job, crashes his car and even falls into a sewage pit…Read More

My Hero

Directed by: Nora Al Subai

A young boy idolises his father and longs to spend more time with him, but nothing seems to work: the man is just too busy. Then one day the youngster devises a clever way to grab his father’s attention by playing him at his own game… ‘My Hero’ won a Best Short Film award at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in 2013…Read More


Directed by: Ghassan Kairouz

In this playful short, appliances talk directly to us to convince us that we should use them in moderation. A Korean refrigerator, a German toilet, a French washing machine and a Chinese lamp teach us an invaluable and funny lesson about electricity and water consumption…Read More

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

22, 24, 26, and 28 March, 7:30 PM

When Flint Lockwood’s latest contraption accidentally destroys the town square and rockets up into the clouds, he thinks his inventing career is over. Then something amazing happens as delicious cheeseburgers start raining from the sky…Read More

Ponyo (Gake no ue no Ponyo)

23, 25, and 27 March, 7:30 PM

Sōsuke is a good-natured youngster who loves playing by the sea. One day, he finds a beautiful fish trapped in a bottle. He frees the creature, names her Ponyo and takes her everywhere in his green bucket, promising to look after her forever. Touched by Sōsuke’s kindness and fascinated by his life on land, Ponyo decides she wants to become human…Read More

Beauty and the Beast

Sat Jan 23, 07:30 PM

Doha Film Institute Celebrates the 25th Year Anniversary of Walt Disney’s Animated Classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’… Read More

Back to the Future Part II

Fri, November 06, 08:00 PM

Getting back was only the beginning as the most spectacular time-travel adventure ever continues in Back to the Future Part II — the sequel that proves that lightning can strike twice!… Read More

Back to the Future

Wed, October 21, 07:30 PM

From Academy Award-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis comes Back to the Future — the original, ground-breaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies ever… Read More

The World of Goopi and Bagha

Screening as Part of Passage to India
Fri, March 20th, 07:00 PM

Two blundering yet lovable musician protagonists meet ghosts, obtain boons, avert, wars, marry princesses and help the common people live happily ever after…Read More


Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 PM
National Sports Day Screening

Rocky Balboa, a down-and-out club fighter from the mean streets of Philadelphia, gets an unlikely shot at the world heavyweight championship when he takes on reigning champion Apollo Creed. The irresistible story of the boxer who gives his all to win the championship title won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, and catapulted Sylvester Stallone to superstardom…Read More


Where The Wild Things Are

Friday, January 16 – 7:00 PM

An adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world – a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures who crown Max as their ruler…Read More

Made In Qatar Collection

Fri, November 14th, 07:00 PM

The ‘Made in Qatar’ shorts programme will feature a collection of eight shorts films by Qatar’s homegrown filmmaking talent. The films were highly regarded at the inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival and at other international film festivals.


Sat, November 8th, 07:00 PM

A capuchin monkey born and raised in captivity finds himself alone and lost in the wilderness of the Amazon rainforest after a plane crash. Progressing through stages of fear, curiosity, defiance and love, he undertakes an adventurous and sometimes perilous journey to adapt to this magnificent and unknown universe…. Read More


Fri, November 7th, 07:00 PM

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law…. Read More


Thur, November 6th, 07:35 PM

This comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a flightless macaw who acts more human than bird. When Blu, the last of his kind, discovers there’s another – and that she’s a she – he embarks on an adventure to magical Rio. There, he meets Jewel and a menagerie of vivid characters who help Blu fulfill his dream and learn to fly….. Read More


Fri, October 31st, 07:00 PM

Under the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraqi Kurdistan, two homeless orphaned brothers are inspired to travel to America after they see ‘Superman’ in the city’s first cinema. They have no passports and no money – and their only means of transport is a donkey called Michael Jackson. With all the odds against them, they set out toward their dream, discovering on their journey that perhaps they are superheroes themselves….. Read More

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