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1001 Days (Alef Yom Wa Yom)

New Voices in Cinema

Aisha Al-Jaidah / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2017 / 12 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
World Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.



‘1001 Days’ tells the story of the life of Sheherezade, the creative and heroic storyteller. Within a traditional fairy-tale structure, this animated short addresses eternal issues like sacrifice, equality and bravery, and considers how today’s women deserve equal treatment and privileges. Night after night, Sheherezade fought for her life by crafting stories for the King. ‘1001 Days’ imagines a story behind the famous fable, and a strong woman who fights for her independence, dignity and freedom.

About the Director

Aisha Al-Jaidah is an illustrator and animator. She began her career in 2010 as a motion graphics artist at Al Jazeera Children’s Channel. As a senior animation producer, she developed the first animated children’s series created by a Qatari. Al-Jaidah received a scholarship to study animation and graduated from Kingston University London, an achievement that motivated her to launch her own animation production company. She hopes Blue Penguin Animation will be one of the first companies in Qatar to fully produce animation locally.


Aisha Al-Jaidah
Aisha Al-Jaidah, Latifa Al-Darwish
Ben Robinson
Executive Producer
Basel Owies
Mohammed Al-Mulla, Greg Johnson
Shoug Al Muamen, Rashid Al-Sheeb

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