Atlal (Remnants)

A wistful Palestinian man embarks on a trip down memory lane to the pivotal locations of his life in Qatar—all of which now lay abandoned.

'Atlal (Remnants)' is a fictional documentary that follows Bassam, a Palestinian man in his fifties, on a journey between the past and present. An abandoned school (Qatar Preperatory School), the remains of a beach club (Doha Club), and a dusty cinema (Gulf Cinema) hold Bassam's cherished memories from his life in Qatar. Through personal archives and interviews with Bassam and his wife, Laila, we get a deeper look into their stories—slowly revealing the dismaying thoughts behind Bassam's nostalgia.

  • Tony El Ghazal
  • Balkeed Al-Jaafari
  • Amal Barakat
  • Abdul Ghani Maqboul
    Key Cast
  • Manal Maqboul
    Key Cast
  • Abdullah Shaat
    Key Cast
  • Mayyassa Gaddas
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Docufiction, Historical, Biographical
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 47 seconds
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  • Ajyal Film Festival
    November 9, 2021
    World Premiere
    Official Selection - Made in Qatar
Director Biography - Tony El Ghazal, Balkeed Al-Jaafari

Tony El Ghazal is a Lebanese director & filmmaker. He has directed several narrative short films, both fiction and non-fiction. His films center around stories from the Arab world that are universal in their appeal. Tony graduated from Northwestern University in Qatar where we was awarded two Studio 20Q grants to direct his newest short films, Bayt El Omor (2020) & Ibn El Ballad (2021).
Balkees Al-Jaafari is an Iraqi filmmaker and director. She has previously worked on set as a Producer, Sound Recordist, Director, Script Supervisor, and Editor. She is well versed in screenplays and scripts revolving around non-fiction narratives and issues that occur in the Middle East.

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