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19–30 JUNE 2019
  • Director

    Yuri Ancarani

  • Certificate

    U

  • Run Time

    70 mins

  • Release Year

    2016

  • Country of Origin

    France, Italy

  • Language

    Arabic

  • Director of Photography: Yuri Ancarani, Luca Nervegna, Jonathan Ricquebourg

  • Editor: Yuri Ancarani

  • Produced by: Christophe Gougeon,Tommaso Bertani, Fabrizio Polpettini, Pierre Malachin, Marco Alessi, Abir & Mo Hashem

  • Music: Francesco Fantini, Lorenzo Senni

  • Sound Production: Mirco Mencacci

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The Challenge

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In the West, falconry was a prevailing passion of the medieval aristocracy, but its prestige continues undiminished in contemporary Arab culture. A tradition that today allows its practitioners to keep a close rapport with the desert, despite their predominantly urban lifestyle. In Qatar, in the glaring light of an empty landscape, following flight lines and lures, the film recounts a strange kind of “desert weekend”, in which technological and anthropological microcosms hang in the air, like the falcon, drifting on the irreversible currents of images.

This film is supported by the Italian Cultural Institute.

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