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A.J. Al-Thani / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2016 / 12 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Coming of age, Drama, Thriller, Road Trip, Youth, Children


Out in the beautiful quiet of the windswept dunes, a man teaches his young sons the traditional desert skills of tracking and hunting. Frustration leads to an apparently harmless struggle between the two brothers – but then carelessness brings about sudden disaster. Alternating calm with calamity, adolescence with adulthood, and knowhow with panic, ‘Kashta’ captures a seemingly simple story about an innocent plan gone horribly wrong.


A.J. Al Thani
A.J. Al Thani
Jaime Siordia
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


Dubai IFF 2016, Gulf Muhr Short
Qumra 2017, New Voices in Cinema
Sarajevo FF 2017, SFF Partner Presents: Made in Qatar
Cinefertil Latin Arab FF 2017


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


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    Jaime Siordia

    Senior Producer, The Film House

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