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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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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.


Jassim Al-Rumaihi
Jassim Al Rumaihi
Thomas Hines
Production Company
Doha Film Institute

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