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Made in Qatar at D’reesha Programme 2 - Beit Byoot

Fall Grants 2017

Mayar Hamdan / Short Narrative / Jordan, Qatar / 2019 / 7 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Fantasy, Dark Comedy, Women, Coming of age, Social Issues, Youth, Identity, Children


Set in a dystopian dollhouse, little Jameela seeks the acceptance of two mean girls. But when she meets Yasmine, she must ultimately choose between being odd and fitting in.


Mayar Hamdan
Mayar Hamdan
Ghouna Jaber
Executive Producer
Maryam Al Khulaifi

About the Director

A Palestinian transmedia storyteller and multiplatform filmmaker with a strong eye for design, Mayar Hamdan has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from video games to films to video installations. Hamdan’s work is defined as the interdisciplinary exploration of migration, displacement, and feminist themes expressed through the canopy of colour theory. She obtained an MFA in Art and Technology at the California Institute of the Arts. During her time at CalArts she worked on her debut interactive 360º feature film Al-Mashata. Hamdan worked for multiple mobile gaming companies as an interactive game writer and animator in Barcelona, Spain. Additionally, she worked on the Doha Film Institute’s Film Training and Development team. During that time, Hamdan directed, wrote, developed, and produced several independent projects, most notably 'Beit Byoot' (2019), which can be streamed on SundanceTV, and 'Don’t Get Too Comfortable' (2021), which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. Hamdan is currently based in Los Angeles, CA, and is the Lead Narrative Designer at Lunacy Studios, an independent new media producer (Cinema, CR, AR, VR, & XR), Creative Director of FilmMena, & Northwestern University Studio20Q’s Industry Advisor. She is currently in production on her first feature-length absurdist architectural documentary.


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