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THE Qatar-America Institute (QAI), an independent cultural and educational nonprofit organisation with a mission to facilitate dialogue, research and exchange on the strategic relationship between Qatar and the US, has announced a new partnership with the Doha Film Institute (DFI).
With culture, community and education at the core of both institutions, QAI and DFI have pledged to work together to promote appreciation and understanding of the cultural and social intersections between Qatar and the US through creative storytelling and community-driven programmes and exchanges.
DFI serves as an all-encompassing film hub in Doha and a resource for the Arab region and is dedicated to film appreciation, education and building a dynamic film industry in Qatar that focuses on nurturing regional storytellers while being entirely global in its scope.
DFI is also hosting the Ajyal Film Festival takinf place at Katara Cultural Village from November 18 to 23.
‘Ajyal’, Arabic for ‘generations’, consists of screening and events that bring people of all ages together, especially youth, to inspire creative interaction and stimulate cinematic dialogue.
The signatories of the MoU were DFI’s Chief Executive Officer Fatma Alremaihi and QAI’s Executive Director Fatima al Dosari. Among attendees were DFI’s Chief Administrative Officer, Abdulla Jassim al Mosallam and Director of Marketing & Communications Fatma al Ghanim.
QAI Executive Director Fatima al Dosari, said “The MOU represents the beginning of a key relationship that will provide new opportunities and platforms for creative talents in film and media from both Qatar and the United States. Since 2010, DFI has remarkably organised workshops featuring many renowned international creatives, in addition to hosting and participating in film festivals and premieres. QAI aims to capture the American-Qatari synergy in film culture and increase awareness, forge introductions and establish important ties and partnerships between the US and Qatar. This partnership with DFI will definitely serve as another cultural bridge towards that goal.”
“The cultural and business connection between Qatar and the United States are historic”, said DFI’s CEO Fatma Hassan Alremaihi. “I want to thank Fatima and the team at the Qatar America Institute for this great opportunity to deepen understanding between the two nations through mutual exchanges of arts and culture. We look forward to an exciting programme of activities with our partners at QAI, focused on strengthening a single world connected by education, appreciation and collaboration.”
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