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Burn the Bird

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Zahed Bata / Short Narrative / Qatar / 0 min
In Arabic
Interests: Drama, Dark Comedy
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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Very late in the night in the empty neighbourhoods of Doha, Samaa, a woman of 56 years, and her son Mohye find themselves in search of a proper burial spot for Samaa’s pet parrot Zaki, who passed away last night after struggling with a disease. After attempts to dig a hole in the rocky barren land fail, Samaa realises that the only way to have peace of mind is to cremate Zaki - at 2 am. Upon getting caught by police patrol, the suspicious duo are stopped from starting a fire in the residential area. However, Samaa’s unexpected emotional breakdown over her parrot leaves the policeman struggling for a way out. Samaa finally succeeds in putting the parrot’s death behind her as she sets his body alight.

About the Director

Zahed Bata is a Qatar-bred Palestinian filmmaker. He has worked on a variety of Narrative documentaries, experimental films such as 'Good as New', 'Upon the Death of a Nation', 'The Dog's Children', 'Shishbarak' and advertisements for clients such as Al Jazeera, and Ooredoo. He has gained experience as a Director of Photography and Gaffer on over 33 projects in total, 14 of which were short films.


Zahed Bata
Zahed Bata

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