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The Waiting Room

Fall Grant 2015 - Production Stage

Hend Fakhroo / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2016 / 25 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Drama, Family, Based on a True Story, Friendship


We are all aware of the various differences among cultures – language and tradition being the most obvious – but there is perhaps nothing more universal than the emotional roller coaster that accompanies caring for a loved one in distress. Qatari filmmaker Hend Fakhroo explores this commonality in the moving story of two young women, each looking after a parent in intensive care, who forge a connection while they wait for developments in the suspended time so particular to the hospital environment.


Hend Fakhroo
Hend Fakhroo, Patricia Donohue
Alexandra Fredricks
Executive Producer
Hend Fakhroo, Patricia Donohue
Production Company
Certifiable Productions, The Film House
Production Company
Certifiable Productions

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.

Awards and Festival History


Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2016, Made in Qatar (WP)
Dubai International Film Festival 2016, Muhr Short


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