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A Falcon, A Revolution

Film by NU-Qatar undergraduates gets recognition at Doha film festival

November 10, 2011 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- An eight-minute film titled “A Falcon, A Revolution” by two Northwestern University-Qatar communications students captivated the audience at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival held in late October and has earned them a Doha Film Institute-engraved iPad and considerable attention.

The film by undergraduates Jassim al-Rumaihi and Rezwan Islam tells the story of an Egyptian-born falcon trainer living in Doha and following news of Egyptian President Mubarek’s overthrow early this year. It won in the festival’s “Made in Qatar” category.

Filmmakers al-Rumaihi and Islam humbly credit Northwestern for the attention they have received in Doha for their film, which earlier this year placed third in the “Most Promising Films” category of the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival. (A film by NU-Q journalism students about the rise of Arab hip-hop also placed in that category).

“If there’s one thing that NU-Q teaches you, it’s how to tell a story,” said Islam to a Gulf Times reporter. “They don’t train cameramen, they don’t make editors. They make storytellers.”

“We did photography, we did animation and we did so much more,” said al-Rumaihi of the documentary production class taught by NU-Q assistant professor and award-winning filmmaker Tim Wilkerson. “Documentary is just the part that has turned out to be the standout.”

The Doha Film Institute, which sponsors the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, has asked six NU-Q students to create a video to raise awareness of the festival that began only last year.

For more about “A Falcon, A Revolution” and the filmmakers behind it, visit http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/videos/made-in-qatar-a-falcon-a-revolution.

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