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Our Time Is Running Out (Waq’tna Yamdi)

New Voices in Cinema

Meriem Mesraoua / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2017 / 14 min / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Fantasy
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.



With ‘Our Time Is Running Out’, director Meriem Mesraoua creates a compelling and disturbingly blissful alternate universe in which a society of children lives according to strict and absolute rules. Every day, there are lessons and tasks – and every day, there is trepidation, for any deviation from the norm means eternal banishment. When one youngster wakes to find himself changed, he makes a desperate attempt to cling to the familiar. Time and life, however, march inexorably forward.

About the Director

Meriem Mesraoua was born in Doha and raised in France. She returned to Qatar while in high school, and earned a BSc with Honours in Media Industries and Technologies from Northwestern University in Qatar. Mesraoua explored various facets of the film industry through internships with Miramax and NYWIFT, among others, and as a production trainee on Michael Winterbottom’s award-winning film ‘Trishna’ in 2011. She received a Qatari Film Fund grant from the Doha Film Institute in 2015 for her short film ‘Our Time Is Running Out,’ with which she participated in the first edition of Qumra. Mesraoua is now developing her first feature-length project, ‘The Other Wife,’ which she developed during the 2016 Hezayah Screenwriting Lab in partnership with TorinoFilmLab.


Meriem Mesraoua
Dana Atrach, Meriem Mesraoua
Nadine Toukan
Abdul Jabbar Maki
Production Designer
Rand Abdul Nour
Ghassan Nazmi
Production Company
Doha Film Institute
Falah Hannoun
Kareem Abu Roza, Laila Kabesh, Omar Abdel Majid, Zakaria Al Arab, Joseph Asmar, Salma Abdalla


  • Director

    Meriem Mesraoua

    Independent Filmmaker

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