Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Ajyal Film Festival 2021

And Then They Burn the Sea

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Majid Al-Remaihi / Qatar / 2021 / 13 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic / English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

This film is screening as part of Uncertain Futures I programme. Buy your tickets here .
This film is screening as part of Made in Qatar Film Programme programme. Buy your tickets here .


Qatar’s first-ever short to be selected in competition at Locarno Film Festival, ‘And Then They Burn the Sea’ is an elegiac contemplation on familial memory and loss. Filmmaker Majid Al-Remaihi ruminates on the experience of witnessing his mother’s gradual and terminal memory loss over the course of many years. Weaving a personal family archive, reenacted dreams and rituals, the film underlines the promise of cinema as a medium for memories even at their most irretrievable.


Majid Al-Remaihi

Majid Al-Remaihi is a filmmaker and film programmer from Doha, Qatar. His short film ‘And Then They Burn the Sea’ premiered at Locarno 2021. He produced it under the mentorship of Academy Award-nominated director Rithy Panh and with the support of the Qatari Film Fund. Currently, he is developing his next short film. He is also part of the Film Programming team at the Doha Film Institute.


Majid Al-Remaihi
Basel Owies
Mesa Prum
Amit Chowdhury