Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

The Waiting Room (Ghorfat Al Intithar)

Made in Qatar

Hend Fakhroo / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2016 / 25 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic, English / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Family, Based on a True Story, Friendship
World Premiere


We are all aware of the various differences among cultures – language and tradition being the most obvious – but there is perhaps nothing more universal than the emotional roller coaster that accompanies caring for a loved one in distress. Qatari filmmaker Hend Fakhroo explores this commonality in the moving story of two young women, each looking after a parent in intensive care, who forge a connection while they wait for developments in the suspended time so particular to the hospital environment.

About the Directors

Hend Fakhroo is a Qatari writer and director. Her first short film, ‘His Name’ (2012), was screened at festivals around the world, including the Short Film Corner at the Festival de Cannes, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and the River Film Festival. Fakhroo grew up heavily influenced by her Egyptian grandfather, Mohamed Tawfiq, an acclaimed actor and director. She started her own production company, Certifiable Productions, in 2013.


Hend Fakhroo
Hend Fakhroo, Patricia Donohue
Alexandra Fredricks
Menna Kamel
Production Designer
Lauren McCarthy
Executive Producer
Hend Fakhroo, Patricia Donohue
Christopher Moon
Production Company
Certifiable Productions, The Film House
Sasha Parsons
Hend Fakhroo, Patricia Donohue, Abdulwahid Mohammad, Gwen Newnham

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