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DFI Cinema Under the Stars

Bayan Dahdah / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2016 / 10 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic, English / English subtitles
Interests: Drama
No Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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After deciding to prepare shishbarak for a friend’s visit, a young woman refers to her mother’s cookbook to remind her how the recipe goes. Memories of her mother’s at times exasperating presence overwhelm her so that it’s as though the woman is right there in the kitchen with her. ‘Shishbarak’ gently and humourously captures the wonderful effects of spending time with loved ones, even if they aren’t actually there.

About the Director

Of Palestinian origin, Bayan Dahdah was born in 1993 in Amman and raised in Doha. Although she completed a degree in Architecture in the UK, cameras have always been a huge part of her life, both for photography and videography. Made as part of the Doha Film Institute's Short Narrative Film Lab, ‘Shishbarak’ marks her filmmaking debut, and she aspires to combine her creative background with her personal experiences to write and direct more films in the future.


Bayan Dahdah
Bayan Dahdah
Bayan Dahdah
Audio Network
Zahed Bata
Production Company
Doha Film Institute
Sarah Yousef, Hania Hammoudi

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