Qatari films to showcase at UK festival
Doha, June 13, 2013
Qatari films based on the stories of Qatari nationals and residents, examining social issues will be showcased at an arts festival to be held on June 15 in Liverpool, UK.
As part of the UK Qatar 2013 Year of Culture, the ‘Made in Qatar’ film programme will premiere at the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, to be held at the Bluecoat Museum. It will feature a number of short films by young Qatari filmmakers curated by the Doha Film Institute, which will be shown continuously from 12pm to 6pm, said a statement.
A highlight of the showcase is Al Muqanaa, which provides an intimate portrait of well-known and highly recognised Doha resident Ahmed Al-Jaber, the retired policeman and self-confessed artist.
The film gives a name to the mustachioed face that locals had known as ‘the man with the crazy cars’ due to his collection of intricately decorated cars and motorbikes which are adorned with various items of Arab bling. This short film tells his story, his relationship with the community and reveals Al-Jaber's creative vision for the future of Qatar.
Martin Hope, director of the British Council in Qatar, said: “The ‘Made in Qatar’ film programme provides people with a fascinating snap shot of Qatari life and culture. Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture aims to cultivate mutual recognition, understanding and appreciation of Qatari and British cultures through events like this one that both entertain and educate. The Year also celebrates the strong existing ties between the two countries.” - TradeArabia News Service