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Bird Watch - Health

Made in Kuwait - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2017

Zahra Al-Mahdi / Short Narrative / Kuwait / 2017 / 3 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic / English subtitles / Qatar Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


In a casual interview, little Layla explains to us how the digestive system works – starting with the eyes and moving on down to the “stomach animal”, then tells us a bit about why she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. This charming episode of the ‘Bird Watch’ series features wonderful line-drawn animation and whimsical handmade models, and explores the marvellous imagination of children.

About the Director

Zahra Al-Mahdi is a Kuwaiti artist, writer and filmmaker. She is a graduate of English Literature studies from Kuwait University, College of Arts. Her debut graphic novel 'We, the Borrowed' was published in 2016, and she recently completed her online mockumentary mini-series, 'Bird Watch'. Al-Mahdi is also enrolled in Kuwait University's Master's programme in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies.


Zahra Al-Mahdi
Zahra Al-Mahdi, Jassim Burhama
Zahra Al-Mahdi
Animation: Zahra Al-Mahdi
Layla, Jassim Burhama

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