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Behind Closed Doors

Qumra Projects

/ Feature Narrative / 90 min
In Arabic
Interests: Coming of age, Drama, Social Issues, Psychological, Women Issues
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.


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Synopsis

Qatar. Six-year-old Leila wakes up one morning and finds out that her mother, Sara, has left. Leila becomes completely dependant on her father, Ali, especially for emotional support. Days turn into weeks, and Ali cannot take care of Leila by himself. He becomes compelled to hire Rosa as a live-in caretaker. Leila and Rosa quickly forge a strong bond, and the three fall into a comfortable routine, until one day Ali announces that his wife is coming back. When Sara left, she checked herself into a mental rehabilitation centre following a suicide attempt. Her return will threaten the well-being of the entire family.

About the Director

Hend Fakhroo is a Qatari writer and director. She graduated with honours in 2005 from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Her first short film, ‘His Name’ (2012), screened at various international festivals, including the Short Film Corner at the Festival de Cannes, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, and the River Film Festival. Her second film, ‘The Waiting Room’ (2016), had its home premiere in two competitions at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, and its international premiere, also in competition, at the Dubai International Film Festival. It was screened at the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner, and was an official selection of the Beirut International Film Festival, as well as the Malmö Arab Film Festival. Fakhroo is currently developing her first feature-length film.

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