Ajyal Film Festival 2021

All Films

Kings and Queens of Qatar

Made in Qatar

Shamir Allibhai / Short Documentary / Qatar / 2014 / 36 min / Colour / DCP
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Documentary
Qatar Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


  • Playing in: Made in Qatar 2
  • Fri, Dec 5, 07:00 PM, Katara Building 16, Opera House (K16-OH)
    Free screening


Set during the 40th World Chess Olympiad held in Istanbul, where Qatar’s team of four men and five women play 11 games over the course of two weeks, ‘Kings and Queens of Qatar’ is an informative look inside the world of professional chess players. The doc focuses primarily on Qatar’s women’s team, the nation’s first generation of female players – five girls with very different approaches to the classic game. Their successes and failures demonstrate how chess is a wonderful life lesson.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Shamir Allibhai was born in Canada and currently resides in Qatar. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Harvard University. In 2014, Allibhai directed and produced two short documentary films about the game of chess. His previous documentary ‘An Islamic Conscience: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis’ (2007) was broadcast on Canadian television and was screened at numerous film festivals.


Shamir Allibhai
Shamir Allibhai
Shamir Allibhai
Robin DeRoubaix
Maias Alyamani
Moustapha Siblini, Amit Chowdhury, Omer Mohammad
Sales Company
Big Dreams Productions Ltd.
Production Company
Big Dreams Productions Ltd.
Mohamad Al Modiahki, Ghada Al-Khulaifi, Fatima Al-Khulaifi,Aisha Al-Khelaifi, Husain Aziz, Kholoud Al-Khelaifi

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