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Fall Grant 2014 - Development Stage

Shahad Ameen / Feature Narrative / Saudi Arabia, Qatar / 72 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Fantasy


The only source of the food on the island is mermaid flesh. The only way to keep the food supply going is to sacrifice baby girls to the sea. After being saved by her father as an infant from being given to the mermaids, 13-year-old Hayat faces the prospect of being sacrificed again, because island customs dictate that the presence of her new-born brother makes her obsolete. Hayat must choose between accepting her fate to become a mermaid or fighting for the body she inhabits.


Shahad Ameen
Shahad Ameen
Mohammed Sendi
Production Company
7th Dream Films
Production Company
7th Dream Films

About the Director

Shahad Ameen was born and raised in Jeddah. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Video Production and Film Studies from the University of West London, and also holds a degree in Screenwriting. Her films include 'Our Own Musical' and 'Leila’s Window' (2011), which showed at the Gulf Film Festival and was named Best Film at the Saudi Film Festival, and 'Eye & Mermaid' (2013), which premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival and was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Stockholm Film Festival, and was awarded Best Arab Short in the Emirates Film Competition and Best Cinematography at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival in 2014.


  • Director

    Shahad Ameen

    Beitameen Productions

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