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Spring Grant 2014 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Hend Fakhroo / Feature Narrative / Qatar / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Drama


‘Parijat’ is an enthralling drama that explores a Qatari woman’s efforts to save her family’s third-generation perfume business. Newlywed Sahira’s life in London is suddenly disrupted when her grandfather dies. Upon returning to Qatar for his funeral, she is faced with the responsibility of taking over the lead of the ailing company from her erratic father and restore her grandfather’s legacy. Driven by the fear of being outrun by her fiercest competitor, the Al-Gaoud family, Sahira enters a dangerous alliance. Coinciding with the birth of her first son, she launches Parijat, a scent that temporarily re-establishes her company’s leading position in the Arabian Gulf. Determined to defeat the powers that are set to undermine her, she unleashes a ruthless perfume war.


Hend Fakhroo
Caroline Palla

About the Director

Hend Fakhroo is a Qatari writer and director. Her first short film, ‘His Name’ (2012), was screened at festivals around the world, including the Short Film Corner at the Festival de Cannes, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and the River Film Festival. Fakhroo grew up heavily influenced by her Egyptian grandfather, Mohamed Tawfiq, an acclaimed actor and director. She started her own production company, Certifiable Productions, in 2013.


  • Director

    Hend Fakhroo

    Indpendent Filmmaker

  • Screenwriter

    Caroline Palla

    Certifiable Productions

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