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New Voices in Cinema

Mahdi Ali Ali / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2018 / 16 min / Colour / DCP
In No Dialogue
Interests: Dark Comedy
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.



Sarah, a professional Qatari photographer, happens upon a rebellious young girl and her family. She follows them as they take photos with the murals that adorn the walls of the cultural village. Fascinated by the girl’s increasingly defiant behaviour, Sarah captures her mini-rebellion in candid portraits. Testing our father's patience to the limit, the girl escapes through the corridors and doorways to the imposing Amphitheatre with Sarah in tow.

About the Director

Mahdi Ali Ali
Mahdi Ali Ali is a Qatari filmmaker and a manager in the Training and Education Department at the Doha Film Institute. Through the years, he has successfully worked with major industry players in providing filmmakers in Qatar with comprehensive learning initiatives. Mahdi has contributed as Executive Producer and supervisor on more than 30 short films produced by the Institute. He holds an MFA from EICAR, the International Film School of Paris, and has made short films including ‘Champs Elysées, I Love You’ (2009), ‘The Gulf Habibi’ (2011), as well as other shorts for Al Jazeera Documentary and Al Jazeera Children’s Channels.


Mahdi Ali Ali
Mahdi Ali Ali
Basel Owies
Youssef Al Madadi
Yasser Mostafa
Lama Sawaya
Assistant Director
Bashar Al Kasawneh, Abdullah Al Mulla
Abdulla Ghaifan, Sana Al Habib, Gianina Panameno, Kholood Ahmed, Noor Deeb, Zoya


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