The feature film A Woman in the Time of Blockade, which is currently being screened in the Qatari theaters, shows the moral aspect of the Qatari people in dealing with the siege, as it addresses the crisis from the humanitarian point of view.
The film’s director Mohamed Abdullatif Hashim, said in remarks to Qatar News Agency (QNA), that the film highlights the ethical side of the people of Qatar, adding that 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.
Director Mohamed Abdullatif Hashim said that it is the first full-length Qatari feature film (90 minutes) to be screened in movie theatres in Qatar. He 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.
Executive Producer of the film Ghada Shakour, 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.
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