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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Doha Film Institute screening winning “Arab Voices” films at Katara

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The 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival may be done and dusted, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch festival-caliber movies anymore. The Doha Film Institute is giving residents another opportunity to see the two award winning films from DTFF’s “Arab Film Competition.”

“The Lebanese Rocket Society,” winner of the Best Documentary Feature Film and “The Repentant,” which won Best Narrative Feature Film, are being re-screened at the Katara Drama Theater (Building 16) this weekend.

Timings are 5pm on Friday and Saturday for “Rocket Society”, and 8pm for “The Repentant” at a price of 35 QR.

DFI explains the films thusly:

Set in the 1960’s, ‘The Lebanese Rocket Society’ is a documentary about the launch of the Middle East’s first rocket in Lebanon and how the nation celebrated its involvement in the international space race.

…‘The Repentant’ [is] a narrative that tells the touching story of Rashid, a young jihadist who leaves his mountain hideout [in Algeria] to return home in an attempt to resume a normal life.

Did you catch the films at the festival? What did you think?

Credit: ‘The Lebanese Rocket Society’ film still courtesy of Doha Film Institute

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