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Doha Film Institute Qumra
Treasures of the Past

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Treasures of the Past

Directed by Rawan Al-Nassiri, Nada Bedair

  • Qatar 2017; 8 min
  • Original version: Arabic
  • Genre: Documentary

  • From the director of PAPER PLANES presented at Doha Film Institute Qumra


Om Fahad, Om Khalid and Om Mohammed are three elderly Qatari women who have spent their lives putting food on their families’ tables through their handiwork. Om Fahad sews ‘batula’, the golden face-cover for women; Om Mohammed makes ‘sadw’, the distinctive, brightly coloured heavy fabric used for carpets and accessories; and Om Khalid cooks traditional Qatari food. In TREASURES OF THE PAST, these three cheerful and engaging grandmothers bring to mind the old saying, “a woman’s work is never done”.