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Hamida Issa / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2017 / 14 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic, English, Tagalog / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Fantasy
World 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.



After a hard day’s shopping, Latifa, a rude and vain woman and her long-suffering maid Rosie get trapped in an elevator. Already haughty and dismissive, Latifa becomes downright nasty in her treatment of Rosie, even going so far as to blame her for the mechanical failure. This brings emotions to a head, and Latifa goes on a journey in her mind, in which she confronts her own egotistical nature and rediscovers the lessons of humility and respect she learned as a child.

About the Directors

Hamida Issa is a Qatari filmmaker, writer and producer. She graduated with a BA in Politics from University College London and an MA in Global Cinemas and the Transcultural from SOAS. Issa has worked for the education team at the Doha Film Institute, and in 2011 made her first short film, '15 Heartbeats' which premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. In 2014, she became the first Qatari woman in history to step foot on Antarctica, and she is currently making her first feature-length documentary, 'To The Ends of the Earth', about that experience.


Hamida Issa
Hamida Issa
Basel Owies
Youssef Al Madadi
Production Designer
Lauren McCarthy
The Film House
Chris Moon
Production Company
Doha Film Institute
Nadim Maalouf
Dalal Ahmad, Kristine Lory Santos Ombajen, Ashiq Khan, Um Rashid

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