Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Between Science and Religion (Bin El Alam w Al-Din)

Made in Qatar

Hamida Issa / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2016 / 4 min / Colour / Apple Pro Res 422
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Family, Based on a True Story
World Premiere


For a young man, the taste of molokhia brings back bittersweet memories of his father, who taught him above all the lessons of love, religion, knowledge and an appreciation of our all-too-short time on Earth. Remembering that he was distracted by other matters when Dad was reminding him of the importance of education and of always doing one’s best, the film’s protagonist reminds us of the significance of being forever mindful of the present.

About the Directors

Hamida Issa is a Qatari director, writer and producer. She graduated with a BA in Politics from University College London and an MA in Global Cinemas and the Transcultural from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Issa worked for the education team at the Doha Film Institute at its inception and made her first short film, ‘15 Heartbeats’, which premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, in 2011. She is the first Qatari woman in history to step foot on Antarctica and is currently making her first feature-length documentary, ‘To the Ends of the Earth’, which considers her experience and environmental sustainability.


Hamida Issa
Salman Al-Hilali
Hamida Issa
Hamida Issa
A. Taylor
Yasser Al-Naimi
Salman Al-Hilali

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