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And Then They Burn the Sea (ثم يحرقون البحر)

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar, Ajyal at Vox, Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Majid Al-Remaihi / Short Documentary / Qatar / 2021 / 13 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic / English subtitles / Middle East 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.


Qatar’s first-ever short to be selected in competition at Locarno Film Festival, ‘And Then They Burn the Sea’ is an elegiac contemplation on familial memory and loss. Filmmaker Majid Al-Remaihi ruminates on the experience of witnessing his mother’s gradual and terminal memory loss over the course of many years. Weaving a personal family archive, reenacted dreams and rituals, the film underlines the promise of cinema as a medium for memories even at their most irretrievable.

About the Director

Majid Al-Remaihi is a filmmaker and film programmer from Doha, Qatar. His short film ‘And Then They Burn the Sea’ premiered at Locarno 2021. He produced it under the mentorship of Academy Award-nominated director Rithy Panh and with the support of the Qatari Film Fund. Currently, he is developing his next short film. He is also part of the Film Programming team at the Doha Film Institute.


Majid Al-Remaihi
Majid Al-Remaihi
Basel Owies
Amit Chowdhury
Associate Producer
Ania Wojtowicz
Ali Khechen
Mesa Prum
Sales Company
Square Eyes
Séverin Favriau, Falah Hannoun
Square Eyes


  • Director

    Majid Al-Remaihi

    Independent Filmmaker

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