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Qumra

Approximately 25 feature-length and 9 short film projects have been selected to benefit from the experience of international film industry experts in bespoke mentorship labs and business meetings.



Qumra Shorts/Work in Progress


  • Reem Planted a Flower

    Rawda Al-Thani/Qatar


    A textbook example of a well-behaved schoolgirl defies the omnipresent voice of a narrator in order to play with a dog.

  • Sh'hab

    Amal Al-Muftah/Qatar


    An orphan embarks on a mythical journey that could reunite him with his parents.

  • Awakenings

    Fahad Al-Obaidly/Qatar


    Haunted by an obscure memory from his past, a young contemporary dancer inadvertently stumbles upon a painful forgotten truth, which releases his soul from the clutches of despair.

  • Angels, Spiders and Other Miserable Creatures

    Fahad Al Kuwari/Qatar


    A couple pray for a miracle, and God sends them an angel. What will they do with it?

  • Clouds

    Muzna Almusafer/Oman, Qatar


    A leopard hunter in a traditional village in the mountains goes through a transformation.

  • Burn the Bird

    Zahed Bata/Jordan, Qatar


    Grief-stricken Samaa and her son Mohye go out in the middle of the night to bury her beloved parrot, and inadvertently awaken buried feelings from a previous tragedy.

  • Oh Whale (Ya Hoota)

    Latifa Al-Darwish, Abdulaziz Yousif Ahmed/Qatar


    A little girl attempts to save the moon from a gigantic whale along with her cousin. Will she succeed?

  • Selective Mutism

    Khalifa AlMarri/Qatar


    A young man is caught up in various incidents of deception, intrigue and murder.

  • Simsim

    Amer Jamhour/Jordan, Qatar


    A 12-year-old cemetery cleaner and con artist tries to save enough money for a train ticket to Latakia, where he can become a fisherman away from his greedy boss.



Development / Feature Narrative


  • House in Jerusalem

    Muayad Alayan/Palestine, Qatar


    A Jewish American family finds it hard to adapt to their new home in Jerusalem after they discover the grave of a young Palestinian girl.

  • Solo

    Mehdi Hmili/Tunisia, Qatar


    Amel is released from prison after an affair. In the lower depths of Tunis, she seeks her missing son, Moumen.

  • Maiden’s Pond

    Bassem Breche/Lebanon, Germany, Qatar


    The story of two women trying to maintain and negotiate their lives – with and against each other.

  • Zanka Contact

    Ismaël El Iraki/Morocco, France, Qatar


    Casablanca. The romantic idyll and eventful odyssey of a has-been rocker and a singer with a golden voice. Their love will turn underground and dangerous Morocco upside-down.

  • You Will Die at Twenty

    Amjad Abu Alala / Sudan, Egypt, Qatar


    In a world where extremism rules, a young man has to choose between life and death.

  • iPhone Memory

    Mahdi Ali Ali/Qatar


    In Paris, a Frenchman battles cancer while his wife wants an abortion; a Romani girl looks for someone to adopt her sister; a Syrian immigrant boy tries to survive by acting in the cinema.

  • The Other Wife

    Meriem Mesraoua/Qatar, France


    Determined to secure her status as a wife, Salima enlists a secondary spouse for her husband – only to find she has jeopardised her position.

  • Hitch 60 (Working Title)

    Sara Al Obaidly/Qatar, United Kingdom


    Two mod girls from South East London embark on a dream holiday but end up on the journey of a lifetime, crossing continents and cultures, and growing up on the road.

  • Azooz, the Bully Slayer

    Mohammed Al Hamadi, Mohammed Jassim/Qatar


    Set in 1992 and inspired by Al Watwat (Batman) stories, ‘Azooz the Bully Slayer’ is the tale of a 12-year-old who fends off a thief who has made off with a stash of Sega video-game tapes.

  • The Return

    Meyar Al-Roumi/Syria, France, Qatar


    A journey across Syria during which Taysir and Juliette meet and go to bury Kamal, who died during the fighting.

  • DNA of Love

    Hafiz Ali Ali/Qatar


    After the death of his Qatari wife, a retired engineer visits the United States to find his estranged daughter, while the same daughter travels to Doha to find answers to her late mother’s past.



Development / Feature Documentary


  • My Friend Gadhgadhi

    Rafik Omrani/Tunisia, Lebanon, Qatar


    Kamel Gadhgadhi, the most infamous terrorist in Tunisia during the years 2013 and 2014, turns out to have been a close friend of the director at college. The latter begins to reflect on terrorism.

  • Republic of Silence

    Diana El Jeiroudi/Syria, Germany, France, Qatar


    She grew up in a land of dictators and surveillance. Today, from her exile, she is reclaiming the images and sounds of Syrians, half of whom are scattered around the world.



Work-in-Progress / Feature Narrative


  • Memory Hotel

    Heinrich Sabl/Germany, France, Qatar


    In a Red Army hotel in post-World War II Germany, the orphan Sophie grows up. She marries a paratrooper before escaping with another man. An emotional journey through European history.

  • Land

    Babak Jalali/United Kingdom, Italy, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Qatar


    ‘Land’ is a story about Native Americans, white people, distance, longing and abuse, set in the American plains

  • They

    Anahita Ghazvinizadeh/Iran, United States of America, Qatar


    Through the prism of J, a gender-expansive teenager going through puberty suppression, ‘They’ explores notions of in-between-ness, whether of gender, cultural identity, or the idea(s) of “home”.

  • Madmen's Fort (Le Fort des fous)

    Narimane Mari/Algeria, France, Qatar


    Desires and greed lurk like raptors, preparing to transform a utopian dream into a tragedy.



Work-in-Progress / Feature Documentary


  • Agnus Dei

    Karim Sayad/Algeria, Switzerland, Qatar


    Algiers, 2016. On one of Bab el Oued’s football fields, the tension is at its peak. Habib and his sheep El Bouq are getting ready for the fight...

  • Stronger than a Bullet

    Maryam Ebrahimi/Iran, Sweden, Qatar


    Saeed Sadeghi is the Iranian photographer responsible for images from the Gulf War that were used to propel the myth of a holy war to many Iranians.

  • Al Sahra

    Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Al Haddad/Syria, Lebanon, Qatar


    Two artists become entwined in the affairs of the besieged city of Gouta in this personal story about a group of young people in Syria.

  • Dream Away

    Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke/Egypt, Germany, Qatar


    In Sharm El Sheikh, a tourist hub that has been the target of terror attacks in recent years, young Egyptian workers are trapped between a liberal Western lifestyle and their traditional culture.

  • The Man Behind the Microphone

    Claire Belhassine/Tunisia, United Kingdom, Qatar


    An amazing story of love and family, celebrity and music. A portrait of Hedi Jouini, the godfather of Tunisian music.



Picture Lock / Feature Narrative


  • The Journey

    Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji/Iraq, United Kingdom, France, Qatar


    As Sara stands on the cusp of committing an unthinkable act, time stands still, giving her an opportunity to witness the consequences of her action. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?

  • Beauty and the Dogs (Aala Kef Ifrit)

    Kaouther Ben Hania/Tunisia, France, Sweden, Lebanon, Qatar


    Mariam just wanted to enjoy her night out, but something terrible happens. What can be done when the perpetrator of a crime against you is also the arbiter of justice?

  • Hunting Season (Temporada de Caza)

    Natalia Garagiola/Argentina, France, Germany, United States of America, Qatar


    A violent teenager is reunited with his hunter father in the southern woods of Patagonia. Forced to help the older man in a struggle against the wilderness, the youth faces his ability to love and kill.