Behind Closed Doors
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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 with a marketing degree 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 67th 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 film festival in Doha, and its international premiere, also in competition, at the Dubai International Film Festival. It was screened at the 70th Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner, and was also officially selected at the Beirut International Film Festival, as well as the Malmo Arab Film Festival. In 2017, Hend directed a visual campaign for Salam Stores in Qatar, and she is currently developing her first feature-length film.