DOHA: Award-winning Qatar-made documentary ‘Bader’ was officially released at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University Student Center Cinema.
The film’s directors Latifa Al Darwish, Maaria Assami and Sara Al Saadi organised the event which featured a screening followed by a panel discussion on Film and Education. It was attended by Dr Hend Al Muftah, Director at the Childhood Cultural Center, Afrah Al Reyashi, Head of Social Science, Supreme Council of Education, Dr Batoul Khalifa, Mental Health Professor, Qatar University, Saad Burshaid, Theatre Dept Manager, Ministry of Culture and Dr Khalid Al Hroub, Professor in Residence, Liberal Arts Program, Northwestern University Qatar.
“Bader has a very strong story that we believe is worth telling and we are very excited to share his story with the community. We look forward to hearing what everyone thinks of the film and we hope it will start a positive discussion regarding the themes raised in it,” said the directors.
Fatma Al Remaihi, Director of Ajyal Youth Film Festival & Programmes at the Doha Film Institute (DFI) said:
“We are very proud of the directors of Bader and all the local talents who are building the local film scene. The great attraction that Bader had through this event and prior screenings is another example of the importance of supporting our local filmmakers to provide audiences in Qatar with local content. We look forward to supporting their future projects and wish them all the best for their bright film career ahead.”
Bader tells the story of a young boy who overcomes the struggles he faces through the recitation of poetry. The film hopes to create a positive discussion about the themes it explores around young people and education.
Since it was made in 2012, the film has won awards including Best Film in Made in Qatar section at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012, Jury Award in Short Documentary Competition at Emirates Film Competition and Special Mention in Student Short Film Competition at the Gulf Film Festival. It also screened as part of DFI’s special market presentation at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2013 and the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.