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Mahdi Ali Ali / Feature Narrative / Qatar / 0 min
In Arabic, French / English subtitles
Interests: Social Issues, Docufiction
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.


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Synopsis

This docu-fiction uses the device of a stolen iPhone to depict the struggles of several Parisians, both born-and-bred and immigrants, whose layered gazes generate a map of the multi-faceted French capital. we discovers images of the owner and his pregnant wife preparing to welcome their child into their world. In a teenage gypsy girl’s hands, the iPhone captures snaps of her bohemian family’s lifestyle in Paris – but then the phone is stolen again. Now it is in the possession of a teenage Syrian refugee, who plunges us into his universe as he documents his wanderings around the arrondissements with spontaneous images of himself and those he meets along the way. These photos and short videos unveil the mysterious lives of the people of Paris, as well as the refugees who have settled in Paris to find a better life.

About the Director

Mahdi Ali Ali is a Qatari filmmaker in charge of the Training and Education Department at the Doha Film Institute. Through the years, he has successfully worked with major industry players in providing filmmakers in Qatar with comprehensive learning initiatives. Mahdi has contributed as Executive Producer and supervisor on more than 30 short films produced by the Institute. He holds an MFA from EICAR, the International Film School of Paris, and has made short films including ‘Champs Elysées, I Love You’ (2009) and ‘The Gulf Habibi’ (2011), as well as other shorts for Al Jazeera Documentary and Al Jazeera Children’s Channels.

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Director
Mahdi Ali Ali
Screenwriter
Mahdi Ali Ali

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