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The Experiment

Qumra Projects

/ Short Narrative / Qatar
In Arabic
Rated: This film has not been rated.


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Synopsis

Set in present-day Doha, Rashid, a 36-year-old PhD student, is placed at a prison to conduct his final graduation project. His mission is to prove that his rehabilitation techniques apply to any prisoner. But upon arrival, he is introduced to his supervisor Dr Fahad, a 37-year-old psychiatrist and an old rival from high school. Fahad introduces Rashid to a life-sentenced prisoner called Saeed—a giant moving body with no emotions or expressions—the perfect candidate for the experiment’s failure. Rashid has no choice but to give it a shot and work on improving Saeed’s behaviour to prepare him for the final task. Both Rashid and Dr Fahad are aware that he isn’t going to pass, yet they all gather to see his performance. To everyone’s surprise, Saeed performs well and passes the final task. Whether he understood the instructions or not is an entirely different question.

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