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Burn the Bird

Qumra Projects

Zahed Bata / Short Narrative / Qatar / 0 min
In Arabic
Interests: Drama, Dark Comedy
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.


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Synopsis

Very late in the night in the empty neighbourhoods of Doha, Samaa, a woman of 56 years, and her son Mohye find themselves in search of a proper burial spot for Samaa’s pet parrot Zaki, who passed away last night after struggling with a disease. After attempts to dig a hole in the rocky barren land fail, Samaa realises that the only way to have peace of mind is to cremate Zaki - at 2 am. Upon getting caught by police patrol, the suspicious duo are stopped from starting a fire in the residential area. However, Samaa’s unexpected emotional breakdown over her parrot leaves the policeman struggling for a way out. Samaa finally succeeds in putting the parrot’s death behind her as she sets his body alight.

About the Director

Zahed Bata is a Qatar-based Palestinian filmmaker. He has worked on a variety of film projects, including documentaries, narrative and experimental films such as Jaser Al-Agha’s ‘Good as New’ (2014), Nissryne Dib’s ‘Upon the Death of a Nation’ (2015), Layan Abdulshakoor’s ‘The Dog’s Children’ (2016), and Bayan Dahdah’s ‘Shishbarak’ (2016), as well as advertisements for clients including Al Jazeera, Ooredoo, Barwa, and Al Bandari Real Estate, among others. He has worked on more than 30 projects, among them 13 short films, as a director of photography and gaffer. Two years ago, Zahed wrote the first draft of his own first short film, ‘Burn the Bird.’

Credits

Director
Zahed Bata
Screenwriter
Zahed Bata

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