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QFF Fall 2018 - Development Stage

Mahdi Ali Ali / Feature Narrative / Interests: Drama


Sultan belongs to a broken family. His parents went through a messy divorce, and as a result, he ends up cast away to an orphanage. Through a series of strange and mysterious dreams, Sultan decides to escape from the orphanage in search of a better life. His dreams begin to blur with reality, and his strange psychological journey ultimately leads him to discover the reason behind his family’s breakup.

About the Director

Mahdi Ali Ali (Mahdi Al-Sharshani Ali) is a Qatari filmmaker who is charged with the training and education of filmmakers. Since joining the Doha Film Institute, he has successfully worked to provide filmmakers in Qatar with comprehensive learning initiatives led by the industry's major players. Ali is also the Executive Producer and Supervisor for more than 30 short films that have been produced by the Institute. He holds an MFA from EICAR, the International Film School of Paris, and has directed, produced, and written short films, including ‘Champs Elysées, I Love You’ (2009), ‘The Gulf Habibi’ (2011), and ‘Amphitheater’ (2018) as well as others for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel and Al Jazeera Children's Channel.

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