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Places Of The Soul

Qumra Projects

Hamida Issa / Feature Documentary / Qatar / 2022
In Arabic, English
Interests: Creative Documentary
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The story of ‘Places Of The Soul’ follows Qatari filmmaker, Hamida on a journey to Antarctica with an environmental and leadership expedition. The beauty and heartbreaking realities of the worlds most untouched nature was an immensely life changing experience. This leads her to exploring Qatar through a renewed lens, in search of sustainability in her cultural history and the roots of her identity. At the heart of the film is the juxtaposition of two landscapes: the ice desert of Antarctica and the sand desert of Qatar. It is an exploration of duality - between modernity and tradition and nature and civilisation. It is expressed through the eyes of a young woman searching for the places that replenish her soul and a way to inspire change within herself.

About the Director

Hamida Issa is a Qatari director, writer and producer. She graduated with a BA in Politics from University College London and a MA in Global Cinemas and the Transcultural from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Issa worked for the education team at the Doha Film Institute at its inception and made her first short film, ‘15 Heartbeats’, which premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, in 2011. She has made numerous short films since, which include a music video and a video art installation. She is the first Qatari woman in history to step foot on Antarctica and is currently making her first feature-length documentary, ‘Places of the Soul’, which considers her experience and environmental sustainability.


Hamida Issa
Justin Kramer, Hamida Issa
Production Company
The Film House

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