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NU-Q & THIMUN Qatar award student filmmakers



A HEART-WRENCHING portrayal of the lives of carriers in Qatar's souqs, Amal al Muftah's Al-Hammali, was winner of the THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival's award for Best Picture, taking home a cheque for QR10,000.

The five-minute film featured Mahmoud Ghasemi, Gholam Ahmed, and Mohamed Abdolrahim, three Iranian men who arrived in Qatar as teenagers in the 60s, working as hotel porters and Kandaris (water carriers). Forty years later, they continue to carry a heavy load at work as well as in their every-day lives as expat labourers.

The film, which also won the People's Choice Award by YouTube viewers and the festival audience, was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Story, Best National Picture, and Best Picture.

The award was presented by Everette E Dennis, dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar.

The three-day annual festival was sponsored by Northwestern University in Qatar and THIMUN Qatar a partnership programme between Qatar Academy and The Hague International Model United Nations Foundation. The event was created to encourage high school students to use film as a tool to advocate for social change and development.

In its third international edition, the festival convened student directors from countries around the world to attend workshops and take part in skill-building exercises, including a 24-hour team challenge to develop the best short film in one day. The festival culminated in an Oscar-style gala awards ceremony, where judges from NU-Q, THIMUN and Qatar Academy announced winners across a number of categories based on their critical review of the 15 films submitted.

Winners in other categories were Maker's Mind (Best Poster), Future Steps (Best Editing), Qatar Water Crisis (Best Cinematography), A Victim (Best Sound), Masoom (Best Story), Enviro-Man (Best Junior Film), The Forgotten (Best National Film) and Madrassa (Best Picture, 1st Runner Up).

All nominated films from the 2014 THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival can be viewed on the THIMUN Qatar YouTube channel: THIMUNQatarFilmFest.


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