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Maryam

DFI Cinema Under the Stars

Zainab Mohammed Ayon / Short Documentary / Qatar / 2015 / 12 min / Colour and B&W / DCP2K
In Arabic, English / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary
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

Of her seven siblings, Maryam is the only one who isn’t married. Because of this, the young woman begins to wonder… if she were just a bit shorter, or if she lost a few kilos, or if she changed her nose, would she have a husband? These troubling thoughts lead her to contemplate extreme measures: plastic surgery. In this light-hearted take on a serious subject, director Zainab Mohammed Ayon explores the pressure to be beautiful that faces women in the Gulf – and all around the world.

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About the Director

Zainab Mohammed Ayon began enrolling in documentaries workshops at the Doha Film Institute, where she made her debut short film, ‘Maryam’. Her inspiration for the film came from an encounter with a friend, which sparked an interest in starting dialogue about important societal issues.

Credits

Director
Zainab Mohammed Ayon
Screenwriter
Zainab Mohammed Ayon
Editor
Abdul Jabbar Maki
Cinematographer
Nadine Drummond, Eman Atef
Cast
Nadine Drummond, Eman Atef, Dr. Fadi El-Jiz, Dr. Maen Alaissami, Dr. Batoul Khalifa, Dr. Kamal Hussein Saleh

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