19 February 2024

DFI Presents World Premiere of 'Ode to Our Land' Film

  • QNA--2ABNA-19-2-2024
  • QNA--ABNA-19-2-2024

Doha, February 19 (QNA) - Doha Film Institute (DFI) presented Monday the world premiere of the film 'Ode to Our Land', celebrating the transformational vision and mission of HH the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, with a fascinating cinematic tribute.

To mark this occasion, Chairperson of DFI and Qatar Museums HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani noted: "Ode to Our Land is a celebration of the incredible journey Qatar embarked on under the Father Amirs vision, which in turn reinvigorated Arab culture and our collective sense of pride. This film beautifully captures our national identity, the challenges we have overcome, and the pride and cultural resurgence that was inspired by the Father Amirs tireless dedication to our shared futures. Ode to Our Land is a tribute and a celebration of Qatars rise to prominence on the world stage and the creative empowerment of its people."

The film is a poetic ode and cinematic essay, produced by DFI for Qatar Museums to document the State of Qatars evolution and growth under the leadership of HH the Father Amir.

For an hour and a quarter, the attendees watched a realistic and credible film which is a certificate of pride in the vision of HH the Father Amir, along with his commitment and inspired work that culminated in building a modern and advanced homeland that believes in prosperity and well-being for people of the State of Qatar and development of the Arab region in general.

The film directors Rawda Al-Thani and Amal Al Muftah produced a successful and integrated cinematic plot, in terms of choosing the characters and guests through capitalizing on a bulk of archive documents (images and videos), as well as the harmonized music in a step that reflects the remarkable progression of film industry in Qatar.

Ode to Our Land focuses on the life and journey of HH the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and reviews his journey to advance the country since his youth until achieving universalism in the country, by virtue of his insightful and inspired vision through meetings and recollection of growing personal information and experiences of the two directors.

The film inspires its path from the recollections of HH the Father Amir and his dreams that created his vision in achieving the ambitious growth for the country to be a global cultural strength. The film is a tribute to the journey of a man who enjoys courage, persistent determination and realistic insight. 

Following the world premiere of the film, DFI held a press conference chaired by DFI CEO Fatma Hassan Al Remaihi in the presence of the two directors Rawda Al-Thani and Amal Al Muftah.

 In remarks to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Al Remaihi said the film was directed by two talented Qatari young women which underscores the fact that they have talents that can become vibrant in producing long films.

Under the directives of HE Chairperson of DFI and Qatar Museums Sheikha Al Mayassa, the Qatari young people who reaped the fruit planted by HH the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani are the best ones to narrate this story, Al Remaihi added, pointing out that the show will be available for the public starting from Feb. 21 to 26 at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in a number of cinematic halls.

 Al Remaihi said: "Ode to Our Land is a passion project for all of us, an expression of sincere gratitude for our visionary leadership in driving Qatar’s thriving cinema ecosystem. His Highness, The Father Amir's tremendous achievements have fueled an unstoppable creative force and paved the way for us to become a world-renowned champion of Arab voices in film, television, and the arts. We applaud the filmmakers’ success in encapsulating a life as vast and multi-dimensional as that of HH the Father Amir in a fascinating testament to the pivotal moments of our past and offering the world an accurate representation of our nation’s rich history, tradition, and culture." (QNA)


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