A special screening of the Qatari feature film A Woman in the Time of Blockade was held at one of the screens at Mirqab Mall on Saturday.
It is the first full-length Qatari feature film (90 minutes) to be screened in movie theatres in Qatar, director Mohamed Abdullatif Hashim had told the official Qatar News Agency earlier.
A number of people from such areas as media, art, culture and film industry were invited for the special screening. The film shows the moral aspect of the Qatari people in dealing with the siege, as it addresses the crisis from the humanitarian point of view.
According to the director, the film highlights the ethical side of the people of Qatar. The plot of the movie bears symbolic messages touching on several humanitarian cases and stories of people of the region affected by the unjust siege imposed on Qatar by the Saudi-led quartet since June 5, 2017.
The film also shows the spirit of affection and tolerance of the Qatari people and their patriotism.
Through a Qatari family of an Emirati mother, the film’s message affirms that many people have become victims of the injustice inflicted by the siege.
Hashim said that during the 1980s a full-length Qatari feature film was produced but it was not screened in theatres.
He pointed out that the making of A Woman in the Time of Blockade encountered some difficulties, but the production team was able to overcome these problems, noting that the film has English subtitles because it was meant to be presented to the global audience and will be screened outside Qatar and in international festivals.
Ghada Shakour, executive producer of the film, said in remarks to QNA: “We chose to present the film on Eid al-Fitr holiday on the occasion of the siege anniversary”.
She pointed out that the film has recorded a great success and attracted scores of viewers, especially as it shows how Qatar has dealt with the siege and also the blockade’s consequences on the siege countries.
The screening of the film began on the first day of Eid al-Fitr and will last for two weeks. The film is based on a novel with the same title, authored by Dr Hashem al-Sayed. The script was
written by Talib al-Dos.
A Woman in The Time of Blockade features a number of Qatari actors, namely Faleh Fayez, Abdullah Ghaifan, Mohamed Anwar, Mohamed al-Sayegh, Ali al-Khalaf, Abdullah Mubarak, Huda al-Maleki, Asrar Mohamed, Nada Ahmed and the child Mayasa al-Malki.
Before the special show began, Qatari film maker Mishal al-Qubaisi addressed the gathering.
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