Amer: An Arabian Legend
QFF 2015 - Production/Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
Besides being a champion horse – he won nine of his thirteen starts – Amer is the most influential stallion in Arabian horseracing history. With a current stud fee of USD60,000, the grey horse from the deserts of Arabia has sired more than 130 champions. Yet Amer’s extraordinary story is almost unbelievable for many, who speculate as to the legitimacy of his legacy. Amer was not registered with the World Arabian Horse Organisation when he arrived in Qatar, and some speak of illicit “connections” that are behind his registration. Others believe he is not purebred, and that his hybrid status gave him and his progeny their superiority. In his defence, however, supporters of Amer say that while he was a great racehorse, his greater success and reputation came when he became a stallion and was mated with Arabian horses from a different line.
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 2016.
Awards and Festival History
Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2016, Made in Qatar (World Premiere)