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Hekayat Khaleejiya (Stories from the Gulf)


  • Thu Apr 13, 07:30 PM, Museum of Islamic Art AuditoriumDue to scheduling conflicts, the DFI Cinema screenings of "Barakah Meets Barakah" scheduled from April 13-14 have been cancelled. We regret any inconvenience caused.

Hekayat Khaleejiya, which translates to ‘Stories from the Gulf’, is a quarterly screening series dedicated to showcasing cinematic voices from the Gulf region. Taking place at the Museum of Islamic Art, the series presents films accompanied by question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers to gain insight into their work and process.

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Upcoming Screenings:

Past Screenings:
  • 26 January– 7:30 PM, Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium
  • 27 January– 7:30 PM, Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium


Directed by: Humaid Al Suwaidi

Growing up in a very conservative family where many things are “haram” (forbidden in Islam), Abdullah struggles over the years to hide his love for music…Read More

  • 4 August, 2016 – 7:30 PM, Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium
  • 5 August, 2016 – 7:30 PM, Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium

Going to Heaven

Directed by: Saeed Salmeen

Filmmaker Saeed Salmeen will be in attendance to answer questions after the film.

‘Going to Heaven’ revolves around the events in 11-year-old Sultan’s life. Seeking to return to the arms and the tenderness of his long-lost grandmother, Sultan embarks with a friend on a crazy journey from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah via Dubai. Read More

The Tainted Veil

Directed by: Nahla Al Fahad, Mazen Al Khayrat, and Ovidio Salazar

Screenings are followed by a question-and-answer session with the director.

Whether a veil of the soul, the mind or the body, the layers of the veil in history and the many meanings behind it will be revealed. The hijab is a head covering, and ‘women are either judged for wearing the hijab or for not wearing it’. In ‘The Tainted Veil’, the challenges surrounding these ideas are exposed in a debate featuring diverse guests and extraordinary stories. Read More

The Sleeping Tree

Directed by: Mohammed Rashed Buali

Filmmaker Mohammed Rashed Buali will be in attendance to answer questions after the film.

As a Bahraini family struggles with their connections and cultural environment, The Sleeping Tree reflects on a couple’s multiple identities and relationships…Read More


Directed by: Khalifa Al-Muraikhi

Thanks to the magical powers of an antique pocket watch, Saad relives a mysterious episode of his youth – a time during the 1930s when he nearly lost his father,…Read More


Directed by: Yousef AlMoadhadi

A young man is obsessed with his mobile phone. Worried because his battery is running low,…Read More


Directed by: Latifa Al-Darwish, Rouda Al-Meghaiseeb

Abdulaziz – nicknamed Temsah (Arabic for ‘crocodile’) – is driven to express himself through drawing and painting…Read More

Attack of the Health Invaders

Directed by: Noor Al-Nasr

Hamood doesn’t drink water, preferring soft drinks instead. ‘Attack of the Health…Read More

Amreeka Laa!

Directed by: Hind Al-Ansari

Yousif desperately wants to go to university in New York City, so when the school he has applied to accepts him…Read More

Al- Kora

Directed by: Amal Al-Muftah

In an old Qatari village, a young boy is playing soccer by himself. When he accidentally…Read More

My Hero

Directed by: Nora Al-Subai

A young boy idolises his father and longs to spend more time with him, but nothing seems to work…Read More

The Racer

Directed by: Sophia Al-Maria

A quiet lament about the tragic results of street racing in Qatar…Read More

My Grandfather’s Past Through My Eyes

Directed by: Noor Ahmed Yaqub

One girl’s wild imagination takes us on a journey into Qatar’s curiously familiar past…Read More


Directed by: Abdulla Al Ali

Molokhia – green, luscious and… terrifying? The popular dish might be a treat for…Read More

Old Airport Road

Directed by: Abdullah Al-Mulla

Delusional and aimless, a solipsistic young man wanders the city, lost in his imagination…Read More

Land of Pearls

Directed by: Mohammed Al Ibrahim

A pearl shopkeeper tells his grandson of his encounters with the sea in the 1950s…Read More

Lockdown: Red Moon Escape

Directed by: Mohammed Al-Ibrahim, Ahmed Al Baker

While Saif and Rashid are out in the desert fixing a flat tire, they encounter the unimaginable: a pack of zombies on the loose…Read More


Directed by: Mohammed Al Ibrahim

Aziz and Rana, two Qatar Foundation students of different social standing, have a secret love…Read More

T Boy

Directed by: Maryam Al Sahli

A young Indian IT professional who has moved to Doha on the promise of lucrative employment ends up…Read More


Directed by: Ali Al-anssari

A psycho demands perfection in every aspect of his life. When he notices that his…Read More


Directed by: Ali Al Anssari

The suspenseful tale of a young married couple trying to survive an epidemic that has turned the population of Doha into zombies…Read More

Chai Haleeb

Directed by: Mishal Al Hulail

When his father disappears, Ahmed begins searching in a journey that witnesses many twists.Read More


Directed by: Abdulla Al Kaabi

An abandoned mother faints while carrying wood only to be saved by traveller that resembles her own son.Read More


Directed by: Mujtaba Saeed

Mashaal joins his wife Noura, a graduate student in University of Berlin to live with her and raises a controversy while he’s there.Read More

A New Day in Old Sana’a

Directed by: Bader Ben Hirsi

A young photographer, Tariq, must choose between his love and his duty of this aristocratic family. He can either run away with his lover, an orphan from the lower class, or go through with his arranged marriage to the daughter of a judge… Read More

Son of Babylon

Directed by: Mohamed Al-Daradji

Ahmed, a willful young boy, follows his equally obstinate grandmother on a journey across Iraq, driven by her determination to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed’s father, who never returned from war…. Read More

In the Sands of Babylon

Directed by: Mohamed Al-Daradji

An Iraqi soldier escaping from Kuwait as the army retreats in 1991 is captured and cast into Saddam’s infamous prison system, accused of being a traitor. Outside, an Iraqi uprising instills hope for those held captive in the killing fields of Babylon…. Read More

Children of God

Directed by: Ahmed Yassin

A young boy bets his prized possessions on the girl’s football team winning a game against the boys in order to gain the affections of his crush, their goalkeeper…. Read More

War Canister

Directed by: Yahya Al Allaq

A young deaf boy from Baghdad can only dream of a normal childhood. Instead he is forced to steal oil canisters in order to support his financially troubled family. An eventful bus ride home will see him for forget his responsibilities for some frivolous fun and a desperate search ensues to find the oil he’s lost…. Read More

Nesma’s Birds

Directed by: Najwan Ali

Nesma is at odds with the world around her since her father’s death. She escapes to the rooftops where she secretly cares for her late father’s birds against the knowledge of her mother and competing against the boy on the opposite rooftop. Now Nesma must face even bigger challenges as she enters womanhood… Read More

Happy Birthday

Directed by: Mohanad Hayal

On the anniversary of ‘Black Wednesday’, and his 5th birthday, young Sameer is taken to visit his father’s grave. Distracted by his toy car Sameer wanders off and becomes lost in the labyrinth of graves. There he meets an unconventional new friend who mysteriously leads him back to his mother… Read More

Children of War

Directed by: Medoo Ali

In an Iraqi orphanage a victim of the war reveals his anguish and his experiences through a series of doodles, represented through animation. His childlike mind contorts the events, but from his perspective we see the events culminating with the loss of his father… Read More


Directed by: Meqdad Al Kout

Government employee Bu Mansour strives to change his job title before his retirement…. Read More

Passport Photo

Directed by: Yousef Al-Mujeem

A Kuwaiti national visits a photographer to have a photo taken for his passport picture. However, he is disappointed after the photo shoot…. Read More


Directed by: Musaed Al-Mutairip

Khalid aka ‘Ka3bool’ is a Bedouin who works at a fast food outlet to pay his bills. When he is fired from his job, he finds himself in a difficult situation… Read More

Men’s Barbershop

Directed by: Meshal Alhulail

he protagonist is faced with the seemingly impossible challenge of changing his barber… Read More

One in Five

Directed by: Jawaher Al-Khater

A Qatari mother tries to make a connection with her young autistic son… Read More

The Brain That Sings

Directed by: Amal Al Agroobi

‘The Brain That Sings’ follows the journey of two autistic boys in the UAE, nineteen-year-old Mohammed and six-year-old Khalifa, and their progression through three months of music therapy… Read More


Directed by: Amal Al-Muftah

In an old Qatari village, a kid is playing soccer by himself. When he accidentally throws the football beyond a wall and doesn’t know how to retrieve it, his sister comes to the rescue… Read More

My Hero

Directed by: Nora Al-Subai

A young boy idolises his father and longs to spend more time with him, but nothing seems to work: the man is just too busy… Read More

Flight 13

Directed by: Ahmed Bukamal

This film explores the perils that members of the media face while performing their jobs by looking at the events surrounding the 2010 World Cup in South Africa…Read More

This is London (Huna London)

Directed by: Mohammed Rashed BuAli

A couple’s mission to send a photograph to their son in London should be an easy task, but when the wife refuses to go to the studio… Read More


Directed by: Khalid Al Mahmood

A story of two young boys who spend their days growing and selling vegetables on the roadside to buy medicine for their sick grandmother… Read More


Directed by: Ahd

Areej, a pregnant, young Saudi widow, will endure anything to protect her unborn child. A bold story about going against social customs… Read More


Directed by: Sara Al-Saadi, Maaria Assami and Latifa Al-Darwish

‘Bader’ is the story of a young boy trying to find his place in an all-boys’ elementary school. The documentary highlights the boy’s struggle with his identity… Read More

Tora Bora

Directed by: Walid Al Awadi

‘Tora Bora’ is the story of the journey of Abou Tareq and Om Tareq in their search for their youngest son Ahmed, who leaves Kuwait to join militant forces in Afghanistan… Read More


Directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour

The first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first Saudi feature directed by a woman, ‘Wadjda’ is the story of a fun-loving, entrepreneurial 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh… Read More

Sea Shadow (Dhil al Bahr)

Directed by: Nawaf Al-Janahi

Set in a small seaside neighborhood in the United Arab Emirates, ‘Sea Shadow’ follows teenagers Mansour and Kaltham as they struggle with tradition in their journey towards adulthood… Read More

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