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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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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 Doha-based filmmaker and a graduate of Northwestern University in Qatar. He has worked on a variety of projects including documentaries, narrative and experimental films, and advertisments. His experience as a director of photography on numerous short films compelled him to focus on the visual side of storytelling. He has previously worked with Al Jazeera Channel and recently joined AJ+. He is currently working on his short film, ‘Burn the Bird’.


Zahed Bata
Zahed Bata

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