08 October 2020

World Premiere of Film by Art Foundation Professor Taking Place in Sweden

The world premiere of Bint Werdan (J’ai le Cafard), a short film written and directed by VCUarts Qatar Assistant Professor Maysaa Almumin, will take place ‪on October 10‬ at the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden.

In the film, a woman with depression struggles to keep up appearances in front of her chirpy and driven office colleagues. An encounter with a dying cockroach in the office toilet develops into an absurd friendship, becoming the comforting companion she needs until she realizes its destructive effects on her life.

Maysaa, who teaches Space Research in the Art Foundation department, was compelled to tell the story after her observations on the misunderstandings of depression and mental distress. The film was made with support from the Arab Fund for Art and Culture, Doha Film Institute, and VCUarts Qatar.

The film poster was designed by VCUarts Qatar alumnus Hazem Asif. Art Foundation Studio Teaching Assistant and alumna Abir Zakzok, and VCUarts Qatar students Sherifa Wael and Amira Yasser assisted in making the prop.

The film poster for Bint Werdan (J’ai le Cafard) was designed by VCUarts Qatar alumnus Hazem Asif.

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