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Made in Qatar - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2014

Meriem Mesraoua / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2013 / 10 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic / English subtitles / World Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


Eighty-year-old Samira spends her days in her large apartment, caring for her life-sized goldfish Coucou and warding off the outside world with pieces of aluminum foil, which she tapes to the walls and ceiling. But when an upstairs neighbour’s laundry lands on her balcony, Samira’s already fragile mental state shatters. With its eerie and disturbing atmosphere, ‘Coucou’ brilliantly captures the distorted reality of the senile mind.

About the Director

Meriem Mesraoua earned a BSc with Honours in Media Industries and Technologies from Northwestern University. Her short films include ‘Our Time Is Running Out’ (2017) and ‘Under Her Skin’, which premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. Meriem is currently developing her first feature narrative, ‘The Other Wife’.


Meriem Mesraoua
Meriem Mesraoua
Torath Production
Abdul Jabbar Maki
Chris Adamescu
Wielder Catapat
Production Company
Torath Production
Badriah Ahmed Nassan, Carole Sabbagha, Suliman Fadlelbari, Saoud Al Gosaibi, Rashad Eid, Coucou

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