Qumra 2016 opens with public screenings of Oscar-nominated masterpiece and new voice in Qatari cinema
The second edition of Qumra, a Doha Film Institute initiative that seeks to provide mentorship, nurturing, and hands-on development for filmmakers from Qatar and around the world, opens on Friday, March 4 with the screenings of The Palm Tree by Qatari talent Jassim Al Rumaihi and Academy award winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001, Ang Lee’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’.
The New Voices in Cinema strand opens with The Palm Tree by Jassim Al Rumaihi, winner of the 2015 Ajyal Youth Film Festival Made in Qatar Award for Best Documentary, on March 4, Friday at 4.00 PM. This will be followed by the screening of Mediterranea (Italy, France, Germany, Qatar/ Arabic, English, French, Italian; 2015) also screening in the 4 PM session.
The Qumra Masters Screenings will commence with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at 7 PM. Co-written and produced by Lee’s longtime collaborator and 2016 Qumra Master, James Schamus, the film was named ‘Best Picture of the Year’ by 100 critics US-wide, and tells the epic tale of two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) who are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen.