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Amira Abujbara, Horia El Hadad / Short Narrative / Qatar
Interests: About Family, Horror, Middle Eastern, Supernatural
Rated: This film has not been rated.


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Synopsis

19-year-old Khaled lives with his grandfather, Jedd, on an isolated farm in 1980s Qatar. On a routine road trip to a petrol station in the desert, a mundane conversation soon exposes a huge conflict between the two men. The rapid transformation of their homeland, fueled by a gas and oil boom in the 60s and 70s, provides Khaled with new opportunities and options in the city. Meanwhile, Jedd— stubborn in his old ways—is wary about losing his grandson to change. The generational chasm widens to the point of no return when Khaled uses his grandfather’s biggest insecurity to make a point—his illiteracy. As the conflict reaches its climax, they encounter a strange and eerie presence in the desert that wants to teach them both a lesson. And when Khaled is faced with a decision, defying his grandfather yet again, he ends up paying the ultimate price. Set against the backdrop of a rapid social transformation, this film explores the generational gap that occurs when we fail to find balance between the old and new.

About the Director

Horia El Hadad is a documentary filmmaker and commissioning producer at Al Jazeera English, based in Doha. Horia’s films include 'A Marrakech Tale', 'Paris: Voice of the Suburbs', 'When Time Stopped at Sea', 'East End Undertakers', 'Undocumented and Under Attack' and 'Out of Sight in Kashmir'. She is currently working on her first feature film based in Syria and commissioning stories from Europe.

Amira Abujbara is a Qatari writer and online journalist. She worked on Al Jazeera’s long reads team commissioning and editing stories, and is passionate about Indigenous issues, women’s rights and the environment. She also co-produced and presented ‘We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska’—a personal documentary exploring community and belonging in a remote fishing village—which was broadcast internationally. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is a DFI Series and Short Script Lab participant.

Credits

Director
Amira Abujbara, Horia El Hadad
Screenwriter
Amira Abujbara, Horia El Hadad

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