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Treasures of the Past (Knooz L'awl)

Made in Qatar presented by Occidental Petroleum

Rawan Al-Nassiri, Nada Bedair / Short Documentary / Qatar / 2017 / 8 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Women, Documentary, Social Issues
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.



Om Fahad, Om Khalid and Om Mohammed are three elderly Qatari women who have spent their lives putting food on their families’ tables through their handiwork. Om Fahad sews ‘batula’, the gold face-cover for women; Om Mohammed makes ‘sadw’, the distinctive, brightly coloured heavy fabric used for carpets and accessories; and Om Khalid cooks traditional Qatari food. In ‘Treasures of the Past’, these three cheerful and engaging grandmothers bring to mind the old saying, “a woman’s work is never done”.

About the Directors

Nada Bedair is a student of Production at Northwestern University in Qatar. She aspires to tell the untold stories of people she encounters in her life through documentary filmmaking. Her experience during the Egyptian Revolution and the stories that she has heard inspires her to give a voice to the voiceless.

Rawan Al-Nassiri is a director, cinematographer and studies Media and Communications at Northwestern University in Qatar. Her love for culture and storytelling drives her to document enthralling stories of the people of her society.


Rawan Al-Nassiri, Nada Bedair
Rawan Al-Nassiri, Nada Bedair
Rawan Al-Nassiri, Nada Bedair
Khalid Al-Faisal
Rawan Al-Nassiri, Nada Bedair
Om Khalid , Om Mohammed, Om Hamad

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