Cultural Partner

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Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Al-Johara

Special Screening

Nora Al-Subai / Unknown / Qatar / 2016 / 26 min / Colour / Apple Pro Res 422
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Romantic Comedy, Family
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

Screenings

Synopsis

Made a servant in her own home by her evil stepfamily, Al-Johara receives a wedding invitation from an old childhood friend. With the help of a neighbour, an eccentric, traditional old woman—Al-Johara might be able to attend her very first wedding and finally be like her beautiful sisters. ‘Al-Johara’ is a Qatari take on the classic Cinderella fairytale accentuating Arabic traditions with a modern twist.

About the Directors

Born and raised in France, Nora Al-Subai is a Qatari writer and director. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar with a degree in Computer Science. Her short film, ‘My Hero’ (2013), was named Best Short Film at the Ajyal Film Festival and appeared in the markets of the Festival de Cannes and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. ‘Al-Johara’ premiered at Ajyal, where it received the Special Jury Award. It also made its way to Cannes and the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Credits

Director
Nora Al-Subai
Screenwriter
Nora Al-Subai
Producer
Rasha Mkachar
Editor
Abdul Jabbar Maki
Music
Najati Al Suloh
Cinematographer
Thomas Hines
Production Company
Doha Film Institute
Cast
Salwa Bakheet, Abrar Sabt, Hassan Saqr Hassan, Nada Ibrahim, Syrina Williams, Safa Moussa

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