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Qatar's first feature film to release in May 2010

The filming of Aqaribabzah to be finished in the second week of Dec.

The first Qatari moviie, Aqaribabzah (Clockwise) will be released in May next year, according to a report.

The filming of the movie will be finished in the second week of December and the post-production work will start by January 3, the Qatar-based The Peninsula daily reported on Friday.

Hamad Ali, the film's executive director, told the daily that they were taking their time to shoot the film as this is the first Qatari feature film.

He said they will finish with the filming by the second week of December and will start editing in January.

Ali, who has produced several films which were entered in several international film festivals, said the production team had to check every detail and do a lot of research for the setting, what the houses looked like then, and the clothes during the period, among others, as the story was set in the 1930s.

According to The Peninsula, the team is shooting most of the scenes at a deserted village in Al Ruwais, which boasts of a history dating back to nearly 200 years. Khalifa Al Muraikhi, the film's director, said the story was taken from a legend told by the residents of the Gulf a long time ago.

The 110-minute film focuses on the life of a Qatari man tracing his roots and discovers numerous interesting facts about his life and family, which inspires him to try new artistic pursuits with renewed vigour, the daily added.

Qatar's Tribeca film festival that concluded in November offered the country's film enthusiasts free screenings, workshops, panel discussions, concerts and Family Day activities during the festival that drew crowds in excess of 25,000.

In October, a Qatar-based company launched a $200m international movie fund which plans to invest in at least 10 projects over the next five years.

Alnoor Holdings, owned by the Al-Hashemi group, said it was committed to "becoming the most dominant international media and entertainment player".

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