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By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: Six films made by students at the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) have been selected to be screened at the third Doha Tribeca Film Festival,
Making it for the first time student film-makers including five females at the Northwestern University in Qatar will showcase one documentary film and five animation films to a large number of local and international audiences at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
“This is the first time and students are very excited about it,” Muqeeb Khan, Associate Professor, Northwestern University in Qatar told The Peninsula.
“For them it’s quite a good opportunity at this stage of their film making career being part of Doha Tribeca Film Festival. It’s a quite good for their resume, career and for above all to feel good about it, said Khan, who is the instructor for the young film makers with a specialisation in computer graphics and animation from Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design.
All five animation films selected to be screened at the third edition of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival are creations based on students’ past memories of childhood stories. They are short films within one and half minutes portrayed by animated characters.
The story lines have been taken from students’ memory from their past childhood, what their elders were telling them about monster related stories and now that scary feeling has been transformed into some happiness and into animations.
‘Um Al Sa’af Wel Leef’ (Mother of Leef) by Lolwa Al Jefairi, ‘Fatema and the snake’ by Kaltham Al Thani, ‘In the memory of a pearl diver by Lama Al Abdulla, Abu Al Aien’s myth by Matyam Al Reyahi and Bu-Deriah (Father of the sea) by Latifa Al Darwish will be the animation films screened between October 25 to October 29 at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
“They all are computer generated animations, these are like one minute and one and half minutes from short animation where the project was designed to design and scratch their intangibility,” Khan said.
“These are all notorious monsters, they are monster either they are half these are like elders mechanism to keep them inside interesting folk stories,” he added.
In addition a five and half minute documentary film ‘A Falcon, A Revolution’ by Jassim Al Romaihi and Mohamed Rezwan Al Islam has been selected for a screening at the film festival under the instructions by Professor Timothy Wilkerson at the Northwestern University-Qatar.
The documentary deals with kind of a character sketch with direct cinema approach to a character that is an Egyptian and living in Qatar and working as a falcon trainer. The film is made with kind of comparison him training the falcon as the Egyptian people training their government to do what they want.