Qatar-America Institute (QAI) and the Doha Film Institute (DFI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize a partnership between the two organizations and to promote the cultural ties between the U.S. and Qatar.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK– November 17, 2019 : The Qatar-America Institute (QAI) – an independent cultural and educational nonprofit organization with mission to facilitate dialogue, research, and exchange on the strategic relationship between Qatar and the U.S. – is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Doha Film Institute (DFI), a leading film organization from the Middle East and North Africa, effective from October 23rd 2019.
With culture, community, and education at the core of both institutions, QAI and DFI pledged to work together to promote and foster an appreciation and understanding of the cultural and social intersections between Qatar and the US through creative storytelling and community-driven programs 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 also hosts the annual Ajyal Film Festival which takes place from November 18th- 23rd at Katara Cultural Village, Doha. ‘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 Ms. Fatma Alremaihi, Chief Executive Officer of DFI and QAI’s Executive Director, Fatima Al-Dosari. Among attendees were DFI’s Chief Administrative Officer, Abdulla Jassim Al-Mosallam, and Fatma Al-Ghanim, DFI’s Director of Marketing & Communications.
QAI Executive Director, Fatima Al-Dosari, said “The MOU represents the beginning of a key relationship that will provide new opportunities and platforms for creatives in film and media from both Qatar and the United States. Since 2010, DFI has remarkably organized 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 Chief Executive Officer, 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 program of activities with our partners at QAI, focused on strengthening a single world connected by education, appreciation, and collaboration.”