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Made in Qatar at M7 Programme 1 - Elevate

QFF 2016 - Production/Post-Production Stage

Hamida Issa / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2017 / 14 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English, Tagalog / Interests: Fantasy


When Latifa, a vain woman, and her long-suffering maid get trapped in an elevator, emotions come to a head and Latifa finds herself confronting her own egotism.


Hamida Issa
Hamida Issa
Basel Owies
Production Company
Doha Film Institute

About the Director

Hamida Issa is a Qatari filmmaker, writer and producer. She graduated with a BA in Politics from University College London and an MA in Global Cinemas and the Transcultural from SOAS. Hamida has worked for the education team at the Doha Film Institute, and in 2011, she made her first short film, ’15 Heartbeats,’ which premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. She has made many short films since, including video art and a music video, ‘Gamar’, for the world-renowned Palestinian band 47 Soul. Hamida was the first Qatari woman in history to set foot on Antarctica, and her first feature-length documentary, ‘Places of the Soul’, premiered in Jihlava 2023. Her work explores the themes of spirituality, identity, environmental sustainability, tradition and intangible cultural heritage.


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    Qatari Film Fund


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