The Doha Film Institute (DFI) will showcase the animated film Zarafa as part of its Cinema under the Stars open-air screening programme on May 7.
The screening will take place at the Museum of Islamic Art from 7.30pm.
“The programme comes to an end with this screening for the summer and is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy a family-friendly film in a different setting from the traditional cinema, while enjoying the outdoors at night,” the DFI said in a statement yesterday.
The French-Belgian film is directed by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie, and features voice-overs by Max Renaudin Pratt, Vernon Dobtcheff, Thierry Frémont and Simon Abkarian, among others.
Set in the early 19th century, the film narrates the story of Maki, a 10-year-old orphaned Sudanese boy who is sold into slavery. He escapes the slave trader and comes across a young giraffe. A Bedouin nomad comes to the rescue of Maki, who also names the giraffe as Zarafa.
The film follows a long journey through the desert, ancient cities, the high seas and finally to Paris, charting the adventures of the boy and the giraffe.
The Cinema under the Stars programme, part of the DFI Cinema series, is designed to “strengthen film appreciation in Doha by introducing insightful and path-breaking movies in a family-friendly, open-air environment that enhances the shared entertainment experience for an evening of great cinema”, the statement added.
Screenings are free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details, one can log on to www.dohafilminstitute.com
A still from Zarafa