Qatar is a land known little for its films. But judging by the young Qatari filmmakers at GFF this year, this is soon to change...Suzannah Mirghani, a filmmaker from Qatar is showcasing her first movie called Hamour at the festival. “It has been a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity not only showcase my movie but interact with filmmakers from various regions.” she says. Hamour tells the story of Indian fishermen in Qatar, as expatriates’ form an integral part of the region.
Qatari cinema has grown in the past few years and Suzannah credits this to the Doha Film School for inculcating a professional attitude towards filmmaking. Rezwan Al-Islam, an upcoming filmmaker says that making films is all about the script and your eagerness to explore the possibilities. “As a filmmaker you will always have challenges. Shooting in the summer heat is not easy but we manage our time and still do it. We must overcome these challenges or we will lose the opportunity.”
Rezwan and his classmate started their movie, A Falcon, A revolution as a class assignment and entered the festival, after hearing rave reviews from those who saw their work. Both filmmakers feel GFF is essential for serving as a platform to showcase the unique movies of young and upcoming filmmakers. “There are very few filmmakers who would make films not of popular demand but push the boundaries for more serious cinema. The best thing about GFF is the variety of movies. We have Indie movies rather than the popular blockbusters,” says Rezwan.
By Syeda Fathima