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Musing in the Desert

Musings in the Desert Part 1: Rite of Passage
In the presence of her mother to bear witness, a child must face a menacing creature in a Rite of Passage.

Musings in the Desert Part 2: Calling of the Congress
The Travellers have lost faith in the powers of the Chambers, and it has been long since any have summoned The Congress.
After a long journey, a Traveller has found the last article to complete a long-forgotten ritual but when she has the chance to call on the Congress, she faces the moment when she too may lose her faith.

  • Maysaa Almumin
  • Maysaa Almumin
  • Maysaa Almumin
  • Amalie Modeen
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    "The Child"
  • Maysaa Almumin
    Key Cast
    "The Mother/The Traveller"
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    7 minutes 42 seconds
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    September 1, 2020
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Director Biography - Maysaa Almumin

Maysaa Almumin, Kuwaiti, is currently living and working as an Assistant Professor in design in Qatar. She grew up in London where she was trained and practiced in architecture after which she moved to Kuwait and then Qatar where she started, acting and scriptwriting and eventually filmmaking. She has had acting training with directors/ filmmakers/academics Scandar Copti and Daniel Suissa and has been involved in film projects in Kuwait, Italy,

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Director Statement

Musing in the Desert is a film diptych in two chapters. Rite of Passage and Calling of the Congress, used design as a starting point, using objects as protagonists and redefining their narratives. As an architect and designer, I wanted to explore the effect of context on meaning. Taking the objects and furniture into the desert allowed me to interpret their alternative narratives. In Rite of Passage, the objects were interpreted a menacing sentient creature that became the challenge of strength to a young girl on the cusp of adulthood and in Calling of the Congress, the objects became the precious rituals that could collapse the faith of a pious traveller.