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This Is Not A Drill

Spring Grants 2019 - Production Stage

Nadia Al-Khater / Short Narrative / Qatar / 10 min / Original Language: English / Interests: Thriller


In the wake of a radioactive blast, a young and pregnant couple, Maya and Malik follow instructions from the president’s subsequent announcement— “Stay inside, seal all potential passageways from toxic air”. However, they soon find contradictory information online, pointing out the possibility that the presidential announcement was just a fake video from the terrorists themselves. Instead, in order to survive the radioactive blast, they must immediately drive away from the epicentre of the attack. Trust issues boil over as Malik and Maya are torn by the decision that will determine their fate. Should they stay, or should they go?


Nadia Alkhater
Nadia Alkhater
Justin Kramer
Production Company
The Film House

About the Director

Nadia Al-Khater is a Qatari filmmaker drawn to innovative storytelling. Her early passion for filmmaking inspired her to direct after graduating from Georgetown University. She wrote and directed the short drama-thriller ‘This Is Not a Drill’ (2019) with The Film House. Her successful collaboration with The Film House continued with her second short film, the satire ‘A Proposal’ (2023). Her photograph “Djurgarden 10” has been highlighted by AccidentallyWesAnderson and was selected to exhibit in South Korea in Spring 2022. She has most recently directed the 2022 brand video for the National Museum of Qatar.


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