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Behind Closed Doors

Fall Grants 2019 - Production Stage

Hend Fakhroo / Feature Narrative / Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Women, Drama, Social Issues, Psychological


Qatar. Six-year-old Leila wakes up one morning and finds out that her mother, Sara, is gone. Leila becomes completely dependent 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 for Leila. Leila and Rosa quickly forge a strong bond, and the three of them 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, including herself.


Hend Fakhroo
Hend Fakhroo
Justin Kramer
Production Company
The Film House

About the Director

Hend Fakhroo is a Qatari writer and director. Hend graduated with honours in 2005 from St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She directed her first short ‘His Name’ in 2012 and her second ‘The Waiting Room’ in 2016. Both have done well on the festival circuit. Hend has been developing her first feature, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, for three years and has participated in the Hezayah writing lab with screen doctor Antoine LeBos.


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