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Mayar Hamdan / Short Narrative / Jordan, Qatar / 2018 / 10 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Women, Coming of age, Drama, Social Issues, Youth, Identity, Children


Jameela is an adorable eight-year-old girl who arrives at the perfect pastel playground with her half-scrap, half-plastic doll. She sees Yasmine, an odd-looking girl rummaging through the trash. Jameela looks for other girls to play with. She finds Sahar and Souad, but Jameela is brutally rejected when they see her doll. They call her names and throw away her doll. Jameela finds her doll in the hands of Yasmine. They argue, buy when Yasmine reveals her perfectly made trash doll, Jameela is intrigued. She allows Yasmine to fix her ugly doll. Jameela grabs the doll and runs back to the girls. Yasmine follows. Souad is intrigued, but Sahar grabs the doll and smashes it, demanding Jameela to pledge her loyalty. Angry, Jameela grabs Yasmine’s doll and smashes it. Sahar and Souad motion to Jameela to play with them. She’s finally in.


Mayar Hamdan
Mayar Hamdan
Ghouna Jaber

About the Director

A storyteller and filmmaker, Mayar Hamdan graduated from Northwestern University in Qatar with a degree in Media Industries and Technology. During her studies, Mayar was president of Studio20Q and founded Not Another Film Club. She was awarded Studio20Q grants for her films ‘Asfoora’ (2014) and ‘Man Down’ (2015). ‘Asfoora’ won the Best Short Narrative Award at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, and the Audience Choice Award at the Washington Arab Film Festival, and screened at the Chicago Palestinian Film Festival, among others. More recently, Hamdan has worked on numerous prjoects as a script editor, producer and art director. She currently works at the Doha Film Institute as a Film Training and Development Assistant.


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