Doha-based filmmakers Charlotte Buchen and Elie Khadra recently produced a video for the New York Times featuring some of the unique stylings of Souq Waqif’s patrons.
Through discussion with locals and expats, it gives an idea of the influence tradition plays on daily life in Qatar, and hints at how the past might shape the future of style and fashion here.
When contacted by email for a little background on the video, Buchen had this to say about it:
“It was very challenging to find people, especially Qataris, to go on camera. I really appreciated those brave enough to speak with us and I hope viewers in this conservative culture will appreciate their courage.
We didn’t set out with an intended goal style-wise, other than to reflect some of the incredible diversity in Doha, but what we discovered was really interesting….there emerged a clear pattern – preserving tradition while looking forward and modernizing. I found that really touching and compelling.”