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I Have Been Watching You All Along (A’tarif Anany Baqeit Uraqibuk Taweelan)

New Voices in Cinema

Rawda Al-Thani / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2017 / 10 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic, No Dialogue / English subtitles
Interests: Arthouse
World 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.



A young woman wanders about an abandoned cinema, rummaging through its storerooms and curiously exploring the mechanical and celluloid detritus that has been left behind. A sense of transgression is in the air – the woman is, after all, trespassing – and she finds herself constantly being watched by several men who, we assume, oversee the disused property. This vague threat notwithstanding, she projects scraps of old footage, creating a freeform narrative all her own, breathing new life into forgotten artifacts.

About the Director

Rawda Al-Thani likes to spend her time exploring places in Qatar where the nation’s past and present landscapes have merged to form its current state. Through these explorations she finds inspiration for her short films and art projects. She studied Communications at Northwestern University in Qatar, where she focused on Experimental Filmmaking, Art Directing and Middle Eastern Studies. Her first short film was shot in Doha’s abandoned Gulf Cinema and portrays the search for an answer to the explorer’s questions of identity through her journey into that forgotten space.


Rawda Al-Thani
Rawda Al-Thani
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    Rawda Al-Thani

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