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The Palm Tree (Shajarat Al-Nakheel)

New Voices in Cinema

Jassim Al-Rumaihi / Short Documentary / Qatar / 2015 / 14 min / Colour / DCP2K
In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Creative Documentary
World Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


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Synopsis

In a sterile lab, sprouts are methodically planted, their growth observed and tracked. Seeds are washed and sifted by machines, before being precisely set in soil under bright lamps. Mainly shot using disorienting close-ups, ‘The Palm Tree’ is an observational documentary that shows us how unnatural nature can be, and unearths the science fiction in reality.

About the Director

Jassim Al-Rumaihi has worked as a reporter at Al Jazeeera News channel, and recently joined the Supreme Legacy for Delivery and Projects, the body responsible for hosting the 2022 World Cup, as a Media Relations Specialist. At Northwestern University in Qatar, he took several classes in film production. ‘The Palm Tree’ won the Made in Qatar Award at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in 2015. His second documentary ‘Amer: The Arabian Legend’, won the same prize at Ajyal in 2016 and was screened in several international festivals.

Credits

Director
Jassim Al-Rumaihi
Editor
Jassim Al Rumaihi
Cinematographer
Thomas Hines
Production Company
Doha Film Institute

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