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Kashta

Fall Grant 2015 - Production Stage

A.J. Al-Thani / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2016 / 11 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Action, Drama, Family

Synopsis

Out in the beautiful quiet of the desert, a man teaches his young sons how to track and hunt. Frustration leads to an apparently harmless struggle between the two brothers – but their carelessness brings about sudden disaster. Qatari filmmaker A.J. Al Thani’s film strikes just the right balance of calm and calamity, adolescence and adulthood, knowhow and panic to tell a seemingly simple story with a sense of gravity that will echo with anyone who has seen an innocent plan go horribly wrong.

Credits

Director
A.J. Al Thani
Screenwriter
A.J. Al Thani
Producer
Jaime Siordia
Executive Producer
Justin Kramer
Production Company
The Film House
Production Company
The Film House

About the Director

A.J. Al-Thani is an award-winning Qatari filmmaker film, television and commercial director. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Communications and a concentration in film. She began to pursue her dream of being a filmmaker with the launch of the Doha Film Institute (DFI). Her relationship with the Institute began in 2010 when she participated in one of its first film workshops, which opened the door for many local filmmakers to pursue their passion. For almost ten years, she has been developing her skills with the help of the Institute. A.J. has made two short films, ‘Kashta’ (2016), winner of the Made in Qatar Award in 2016 and ‘The Black Veil’ (2020), which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. In 2021, A.J. founded Creative Nomads, a production company and space for artistic creations.

Awards and Festival History


Festivals

Dubai International Film Festival 2016, Gulf Muhr Short
Qumra 2017, New Voices in Cinema
Sarajevo Film Festival 2017, SFF Partner Presents: Made in Qatar

Awards

Best Narrative, Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2016, Made in Qatar (WP)

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Jaime Siordia

    Company: 
    Senior Producer, The Film House
    Phone: 
    +97477910849
    Email: 
    jaime@thefilmhouse.tv

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