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Socotra - The Invisible Island

Made in Qatar

Ching Siew Hua / Short Documentary / Qatar / 2019 / 10 min / DCP
In Arabic, English / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.



A sombre look at the island of Socotra, situated 400 km off the coast of Yemen. Suffering the indirect consequences of the conflict, the island is facing a devastating environmental crisis. Its native population is struggling with lack of opportunities and uncertainty. Socotra Island gives a rare opportunity to observe rapid processes with global meaning, taking place on a very small scale. The issues locals are facing raise The questions of what is The future of cultural diversity in terms of globalization; and what indirect consequences The war brings.

About the Directors

Ching Siew Hua is a mechanical engineering graduate from The University of Aberdeen (UK). He loves photography and painting, with some of his works exhibited in the USA, Turkey and Singapore. He has always been curious about people and things happening around him and preserves his experiences by capturing Them on camera or in writing. Ching was selected for the first Doha Maisha Screenwriting Lab in 2011, and 'Socotra - The Invisible Island' is his debut as a director.


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