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Mayar Hamdan / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2015 / 10 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic, English / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Women, Coming of age, Middle Eastern, Art/Literature, Adaptation, Fantasy, Youth, Dark Comedy, Violence
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.



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Synopsis

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

Mayar Hamdan is a storyteller and filmmaker. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Media Industries and Technology and a concentration in film animation. Mayar was awarded two Studio20Q Grants 'Asfoora' (2014) and 'Man Down' (2015). Her film 'Asfoora' won the Best Short Narrative award at the Ajyal Film Festival and screened at multiple international film festivals. Since then, Mayar has script edited, and art directed numerous films. She has worked as an Animator and Story Developer at King Barcelona, Spain. Currently, Mayar works at The Doha Film Institute as a Film Training and Development Assistant.

Credits

Director
Mayar Hamdan
Screenwriter
Mayar Hamdan
Producer
Jaimee Haddad
Editor
Jaser Al Agha
Music
Mashrou' Leila
Cinematographer
Shahnawaz Zali
Cast
Elena Feghali, Jaser Al Agha, Gladys Abi-Said, Randa Al Qudah, Maysa Ali

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