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Memories engraved and belonging to the conscience.. A fictional documentary film that embodies the loyalty of expatriates to Qatar

“Atlal” – the documentary and fiction at the same time – not only depicted the loyalty and affiliation of the Palestinian hero “Bassam” to his life in Qatar through his passion for his memories that became from the rubble of the past, but also reflected the feelings and feelings of its Lebanese directors Tony Al-Ghazal and Iraqi Balqis Al-Jaafari, who were born and raised in Doha too.

Spaces of belonging, loyalty, and love have no limits, and they are innate feelings in the human body, embodied in the movie “Atlal”, which is participating in the activities of the ninth session of the Ajyal Film Festival 2021, which is organized by the Doha Film Institute.

“Atlal” – the documentary and fiction at the same time – did not only depict the loyalty and affiliation of the Palestinian hero “Bassam” to his life in Qatar through his passion for his memories that became from the rubble of the past, but also reflected the feelings and feelings of the Lebanese directors Tony Al-Ghazal and the Iraqi Balqis Al-Jaafari, who were born and raised in Doha Moreover.

The directors of the movie “Atlal” (from the right) Balqis Al-Jaafari and Tony Al-Ghazal, and the film’s hero Bassam and his wife (Al-Jazeera)

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Just as the hero of the fiftieth film feels his nostalgia and passion for his past on a journey through the memory lane and the pivotal sites in his life in Qatar, which are now deserted, Tony and Belqis also express this love and nostalgia, but with a creative artwork.

The film “Atlal” depicts the journey of his Palestinian hero Bassam between the past and the present, and transports him with his memories between his abandoned school (Qatar Preparatory), the remains of a beach club (Doha Club), and a dusty cinema bearing the memory of his most beautiful days (Gulf Cinema).

The director of the Lebanese film “Attal”, Tony Al-Ghazal, stresses that he is similar to the character of the film’s hero, Bassam, in many things, including that he was born and lived all his life so far in Qatar, where all his friends and many of his family members are.

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Al-Ghazal says – in his speech to Al-Jazeera Net – that most of his memories are related to his life in Qatar, especially in light of his family’s long history in Qatar and the stability of his grandfather and grandmother there since 1952, “which is what made him belong and love this beautiful country.”

He adds that “the story of the film applies to anyone who lived outside his country in exile, and it is one of the important stories that I was keen to tell in order to convey valuable and meaningful messages in an indirect way.”

The firm belief in the extent of the impact of storytelling on individuals is what prompted Al-Ghazal to direct the movie Atlal, which aims – through the character of the film’s hero – to emphasize the presence of residents who have lived most of their lives in Qatar, and have belonging, loyalty and love to this country.

Doha Club Harbor Bassam's beautiful memories during the filmBassam recalls during the film his beautiful memories at the Doha Club Harbor (Qatari Press)

Al-Ghazal considers the movie “Atlal” as one of the films that added him as a director, in which he experienced for the first time a mixture of techniques used in documentaries and fiction films, as well as between fact and fiction.

Through directing 8 short films, Al-Ghazal always seeks to share and tell meaningful stories, in a way that is simple, specific and of great impact, given his belief in his role and responsibility in delivering meaningful messages to the audience.

state of belonging

The feeling of the Iraqi director Balqis Al-Jaafari did not differ from her co-director Tony Al-Ghazal, who considers that the film embodies a state of belonging and love among many expatriates to the countries in which they live.

Al-Jaafari says – to Al-Jazeera Net – that the movie “Atlal” largely expresses the story of her life, and the life story of many expatriates who lost their homelands and sought refuge in the State of Qatar, which she described as “the Kaaba of the oppressed.”

She adds that the story of the hero of the movie “Bassam” applies to her, because she lived through the same circumstances and feelings, and feels belonging to this country, especially since all her childhood and her memories are linked to Qatar, in which she lived since her childhood.

Gulf Cinema is one of Bassam's beautiful memories during the filmGulf Cinema is another station to restore Bassam’s memories (Qatari Press)

She explains that the film presents purposeful and realistic messages at the same time in light of its association with tangible facts, which is what appeared in the character of the film’s hero and his wife, and their feeling of nostalgia for their beautiful past in Qatar, and then belonging and loyalty to this country.

Atlal is one of 10 films by Qatari directors and filmmakers residing in Qatar, within the “Made in Qatar” program, which provides the opportunity for local creators to join the global film community, and is among the films nominated for an award in the activities of the ninth edition of the International Film Festival. Film Generations.

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Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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