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Under the Hat

Spring Grant 2015 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

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

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.

Production Company Profile

Established in 2013, ALAGROOBI Films is a production house based in the UAE. Committed to making high-quality fiction and documentary films that are appealing to both national and international audiences. The production company believes it will contribute to the growing Arab film industry by sharing unique, authentic and creative stories. After the success of Amal Al-Agroobi’s ‘The Brain that Sings’, which won the People’s Choice Award at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013, ALAGROOBI Films is becoming known as one of the fastest-growing production companies in the UAE with projects in development. The company’s work has also won awards at the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival and the Giffoni Film Festival among others. ALAGROOBI Films also has also secured international distribution deals for television in the USA, Europe and the Middle East, and runs pop-up screening events at schools, universities and companies all over the GCC region.


  • Main Contact

    Amal Al-Agroobi

    +971 501 634 440

  • Production Company

    Alagroobi Films

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