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Spring Grant 2014 - Development Stage

Hend Fakhroo / Feature Narrative / Qatar / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Drama


‘Parijat’ is an enthralling drama that explores a Qatari woman’s efforts to save her family’s third-generation perfume business. Newlywed Sahira’s life in London is suddenly disrupted when her grandfather dies. Upon returning to Qatar for his funeral, she is faced with the responsibility of taking over the lead of the ailing company from her erratic father and restore her grandfather’s legacy. Driven by the fear of being outrun by her fiercest competitor, the Al-Gaoud family, Sahira enters a dangerous alliance. Coinciding with the birth of her first son, she launches Parijat, a scent that temporarily re-establishes her company’s leading position in the Arabian Gulf. Determined to defeat the powers that are set to undermine her, she unleashes a ruthless perfume war.


Hend Fakhroo
Caroline Palla

About the Director

Hend Fakhroo is a Qatari writer and director. Hend graduated with honours in 2005 from St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She directed her first short ‘His Name’ in 2012 and her second ‘The Waiting Room’ in 2016. Both have done well on the festival circuit. Hend has been developing her first feature, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, for three years and has participated in the Hezayah writing lab with screen doctor Antoine LeBos.


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