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The Palm Tree

DFI Cinema Under the Stars, Focus on Qatar

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.


  • Wed, Oct 5, 07:30 PM, MIA-A

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    Free screening Limited capacity
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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.

About the Director

Jassim Al-Rumaihi works as a reporter at Al Jazeera News channel, covering news from Tunisia to Nepal. While studying 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. He is currently working on ‘Amer: The Arabian Legend’, a documentary about one of Qatar’s most famous racehorses, which was selected for Qumra this year.


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

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