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This Is Not A Drill

Spring Grants 2019 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Nadia Alkhater / 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

About the Director

Nadia Al-Khater is part of a new wave of Qatari filmmakers drawn to provocative, confrontational storytelling. Her early passion for filmmaking inspired her to become extensively involved with Doha Film Institute since 2013. After graduating from Georgetown University, she wrote and directed the short film ‘This Is Not a Drill’ (2019) with The Film House.

Production Company Profile

The Film House is a Doha-based film, video, photography and multimedia production company. Its talented team of experienced and creative storytellers, documentarians, animators, photographers, and film directors cover all aspects of projects, from idea generation through post-production. Not a traditional production company, The Film House offers flexible production to facilitate a range of requirements. With a wealth of local knowledge and Qatar’s community in mind, the company is primed to foster local talent and to redefine visual storytelling in the region. The Film House is a home for high-calibre international productions that want to come to town and place Qatar in the spotlight.


  • Main Contact

    Nadia Alkhater


  • Production Company

    The Film House

    The Film House
    +974 55545165

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