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‘Pastimes’ follows the director as he explores spaces in Doha where public art works can be seen. His journey brings him to modern spaces, for example a correctional facility, and introduces him to different practitioners, such as art collectors and artists. Complemented by a variety of points-of-view, the documentary finds itself intertwining between the past, present and future of the young metropolis, its newly emerging art scene and the projections of a timeless past.
About the Director
Majid Al Remaihi is a Qatari filmmaker and artist. He is interested in the practice of filmmaking as a tool for investigating the institutional and social purview of art in Qatar and the Gulf region. He is also part of the artist collective Ab6al (with Abdullah Al Mutairi and Sarah AbuAbdallah), which explores the crossover of youth and ideas of development in the Gulf. He recently completed his first short film, ‘Domestic Acoustics’ (2017), through the Doha Film Institute’s Documentary Lab, which was mentored by award-winning filmmaker Pablo Iraburu; the film explores the scope of domesticity as a space for art and concealed life. Currently, Al Remaihi is working on another short documentary about the unravelling of art practices and their respective collections in Qatar.