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Mare Nostrum

Ajyal Competition

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf / Short Narrative / France, Syria / 2016 / 13 min / Colour
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Drama, Immigration
Qatar 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.


  • Playing in: Home
  • Sun, Dec 3, 08:30 PM, Katara Building 12, Theatre A (K12-A)
    Free screening


A Syrian man plays with his young daughter on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Suddenly, their lively horseplay takes an unexpected turn, and the father does something that risks the youngster’s life. What is it that could drive a person to put their own child in danger’s way? ‘Mare Nostrum’ (the term is the Latin name for the Mediterranean) is a heart-rending look at what ordinary people sometimes feel they must do in extraordinary circumstances.

About the Directors

Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf are Syrians with French citizenship. Married, they are currently living in Amman, having left Damascus as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria. They are the authors and directors of the short films ‘Kemo Sabe’ (2007), ‘Deaf Day’ (2011), ‘Ham’ (2014), ‘Searching for the Translator’ (2015) and ‘Mare Nostrum’, and are currently working on ‘The Translator’, their first feature-length film.


Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf
Rana Kazkaz
Raphaël Alexandre, Nicolas Leprêtre
Monique Dartonne
Anas Khalaf
Kinan Azmeh
Eric Devin
Sales Company
Premium Films
Production Company
Georges Films
Lucas Albert
Assistant Director
Laure-Anne Nicolet
Ziad Bakri, Zayn Khalaf

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