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Under the Hat

Spring Grant 2015 - Production Stage

Amal Al-Agroobi / Short Narrative / United Arab Emirates, Qatar / 15 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Comedy, Drama


‘Under the Hat’ tells the story of Sheikh Abdul Kareem, an Egyptian mosque prayer caller on the brink of retirement, who lives in a house by the mosque with his wife Noor. When his voice begins to fail and the ministry threatens to send him home, his desperate wife invites their young, reckless Emirati neighbour Badr to take over from her husband. The adventure begins when Badr and the Sheikh meet; two very different people with two very different backgrounds who must learn to get along in order to get what they want.


Amal Al-Agroobi
Yousef Ibrahim
Amal Al-Agroobi
Production Company
Alagroobi Films
Production Company
Alagroobi Films

About the Director

Amal Al-Agroobi began a career in the sciences before joining the film industry in 2012 as a director and producer. In 2012, she completed her first short documentary, ‘Half Emirati’, which discusses the social implications of being a mixed-race child in the UAE. In 2013, she premiered the award-winning feature-length documentary ‘The Brain that Sings’ (2013), which also discusses social issues in the Arab region, this time targeting autism and special needs. 'Under the Hat' is her first fiction film.


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    Amal Al-Agroobi

    +971 501 634 440

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