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Our Time Is Running Out

QFF 2015
Current project status: COMPLETED

Meriem Mesraoua / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2017 / 14 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Fantasy, Drama


With ‘Our Time Is Running Out’, director Meriem Mesraoua creates a compelling and disturbingly blissful alternate universe in which a society of children lives according to strict and absolute rules. Every day, there are lessons and tasks – and every day, there is trepidation, for any deviation from the norm means eternal banishment. When one youngster wakes to find himself changed, he makes a desperate attempt to cling to the familiar. Time and life, however, march inexorably forward.


Meriem Mesraoua
Dana Atrach, Meriem Mesraoua
Nadine Toukan

About the Director

Of Algerian origin, Meriem Mesraoua was born in Qatar, raised in France and earned a BSc with Honours in Media Industries and Technologies from Northwestern University. Mesraoua explored various facets of the film industry and gained professional experience at Miramax, NYWIFT, film sets and festivals, amongst others. Her short films are ‘Coucou’ (2009) and ‘Our Time Is Running Out’ (2017). She is currently working on a new short titled ‘Tainted’ and developing her first feature-length project, ‘The Other Wife’.

Awards and Festival History


Qumra 2017


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