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The DNA of Love

QFF 2015 - Development Stage

Hafiz Ali Ali / Feature Narrative / Qatar / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Comedy, Drama, Adventure, Family


Twenty years ago, while studying in Texas, Nasser, a young Qatari man, fell in love and married Sara, an American. They had a baby, Sofia, and Nasser brought his new family back to Doha. When it is suggested that he take a second, Qatari, wife, Sara angrily rejects the idea and takes baby Sofia back to the USA, cutting ties with Nasser and keeping secret the fact that he is Sofia’s father. Out of respect for his new wife, Nasser chooses not to pursue Sara. When his Qatari wife dies, Nasser regrets the loss of his daughter. He decides to visit America and re-establish contact with her. Meanwhile, Sara is killed in a car accident in Texas, and Sofia, now a genetics student at Sara Lawrence College, discovers that her birth father is a Qatari man named Nasser. In a twist of irony and fate, Sofia decides to travel to Doha in the hope of finding and establishing contact with him. As the characters engage in their own particular search for identity, they find themselves on a journey of redemption, love and self-discovery.


Hafiz Ali Ali
Tom Abrams

About the Director

Hafiz Ali Ali is an established Qatari film director with extensive experience in the arts. He began his creative endeavours in television and theatre while still in school. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1999 with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology, and from Chapman University in 2005 with an MFA in Film Directing. He obtained his Executive MBA from HEC Paris in 2014. Between 2000 and 2009, he directed several fiction and documentary films for Qatar TV and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel. His films, which have been selected for many international festivals and have won several awards, include ‘Cab Driver’ (2004), ‘The Oryx Return’ (2007) and ‘Scents and Shadows’ (2010). Hafiz directed his first feature-length film, ‘Gharangao’, in 2008 and with the support from the Doha Film Institute, is currently developing two feature-length projects: the animated ‘The Search for the Star Pearl’ and narrative ‘The DNA of Love’.


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    Hafiz Ali Ali

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