What inspired you to make this film? (“9956” 2016, Qatar, Zaki Hussain)
I love to poke fun in conventional screenwriting. I spend a lot of time watching cool mini-documentaries on Vimeo and realized that they have a certain structure. With that structure in mind, I decided to film 9956.
What do you want American audiences to know about this film or about the subject matter?
I’m glad that I get to show off a bit of Doha, Qatar, in this film. I hope audiences would get inspired by the narrative and the sights of the beautiful city.
Is it difficult to make films in your home country? Why or why not?
Since I am fairly new to Doha, getting permits was the most challenging thing. I expect to have this challenge in any other country I am new to anyway. However, my friends managed to get a permit to shoot in any public spot in Doha, which is an achievement in itself.