Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

Amer: An Arabian Legend (Amer: Estorat Al Khail Al Arabia)

Made in Qatar

Jassim Al-Rumaihi / Short Documentary / Qatar / 2016 / 23 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic, English, French / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Middle Eastern, Sports
World Premiere


Amer, a gift to Sheikh Khalifa, then Emir of Qatar, in the late 1990s, is a beautiful purebred Arabian. He raced like the wind – but racing opportunities were curtailed while doubts about his pedigree were settled. Eventually, Amer proved himself to be a leader of his breed; now a prize stud, he has fathered hundreds of the best Arabian racehorses of today. This film follows his story through conversations with some of those whom Amer deeply touched over the course of his career.

About the Directors

Jassim Al-Rumaihi works as a reporter at Al Jazeera News channel, covering news from Tunisia to Nepal. While studying at Northwestern University in Qatar, he took several classes in film production. ‘The Palm Tree’ won the Made in Qatar Award at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in 2015. He is currently working on ‘Amer: The Arabian Legend’, a documentary about one of Qatar’s most famous racehorses, which was selected for Qumra this year.


Jassim Al-Rumaihi
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