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Dreams That Stayed (Ahlami Alati Baqat)

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2017

Noor Al-Nasr / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2017 / 7 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic / English subtitles / World Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


One evening, a man is working late at the office, alone apart from the presence of the building’s security guard. But something strange is going on… A sudden power outage leads the man to a mysteriously flickering television set, where he is transported to his childhood dreams of adventuring through space with his favourite superhero. When the lights come up and everything gets back to normal, we remember that cartoon champions are a thing of the imagination… Or are they?

About the Director

Noor Al-Nasr is a graphic designer, writer and aspiring filmmaker. She has always been interested in art in all its forms, especially the moving image. Her first short film, ‘Health Invaders’ (2015) was shot as part of a challenge for Qatar’s Seha health organisation. It had its premiere in the Ajyal Youth Film Festival and was featured in the Short Film Corner at the Festival de Cannes. Her next short film, ‘Dana's Kite’ had its premiere at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in 2016. In 2016, Al-Nasr shot ‘Dreams That Stayed’, a short film about an adult who grew up watching cartoons dubbed into Arabic in the 1980s. She is currently developing her first feature-length film entitled ‘The Pearl’, and the short film ‘Last Day at Home’.


Noor Al-Nasr
Noor Al-Nasr
Edward Thomas
Noor Al-Nasr
Yasser Mustafa
Leon Minos
Art Direction: Abdulla Al-Mulla
Assistant Director
Maryam Salim
Mahmoud Al-Mahmoud, Mohammed Al-Mansuori, Ali Khamas, Tamer Abuassi

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