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Mayar Hamdan / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2015 / 10 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic, English / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Women, Middle Eastern, Art/Literature, Adaptation, Fantasy, Youth, Dark Comedy, Violence, Coming of age
Qatar 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.

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When she is caught cheating on an exam, Jana is sent to detention, where she encounters a cruel bird that taunts her mercilessly. The schoolgirl goes to extreme lengths to silence the creature (and cover up the messy aftermath), but it keeps coming back to pick on her insecurities. Using a mix of live-action and animation, this stylish dark comedy shows us what happens when we act on our dangerous impulses.

About the Director

Mayar Hamdan is a multimedia storyteller, filmmaker and visual artist. She graduated from Northwestern University. During her studies, Mayar was awarded two Studio20Q grants for ‘Asfoora’ (2015) and ‘Man Down’ (2015). ‘Asfoora’ has screened and found success at various film festivals, museums, schools and themed screenings. Hamdan is currently getting an MFA at CalArts, focusing on art, film and new technologies. Her independent work can be defined as the interdisciplinary exploration of Arab feminist themes, expressed under the canopy of an intense fascination by colour theory, such is reflected in her photography, digital art, films and installation pieces.


Mayar Hamdan
Mayar Hamdan
Jaimee Haddad
Jaser Al Agha
Mashrou' Leila
Shahnawaz Zali
Elena Feghali, Jaser Al Agha, Gladys Abi-Said, Randa Al Qudah, Maysa Ali

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