And Then They Burn the Sea

a film by

Qatar | 12' | 08/2021 | documentary

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.

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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 in 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.  Majid is also part of the Film Programming team at the Doha Film Institute.


  • Domestic Acoustics – 2017 – 13 mins (Student film)
  • And Then They Burn the Sea – 2021 – 13 mins
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Director: Majid Al Remaihi
Producer: Basel Owies
Co-Producer: Ali Kechen
Production Manager: Ghouna Jaber
Director of Photography: Mesa Prum


30+ selections, 5+ awards

Select highlights: 

  • Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland (4 – 14 August, 2021)
    Pardi di Domani
  • Message to Man International Film Festival, Russia (29 October – 4 November, 2021)
    Experimental Competition Won: Best Experimental Short Film
  • Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia (30 October – 6 November, 2021)
    Documentary Short Film Competition Won: Silver Tanit Award for Best Documentary Short Film
  • FRONTDOC – International Documentary Festival, Italy (4 – 13 November, 2021)
    Short Film Competition Special Mention
  • Ajyal Film Festival, Qatar (7 – 19 November, 2021)
    Bader Competition & Made in Qatar Won: Best Documentary Short
  • Hishorts! Xiamen Short Film Festival, China (12 – 21 December, 2021)
  • Beirut Shorts International Film Festival (30 November – 3 December, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway (11 – 16 January, 2022)
    International Competition
  • Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland (23 February – 6 March, 2022)
    Short Film Competition
  • Vienna Shorts International Short Film Festival, Austria (25 – 30 May, 2022)
    Fiction & Documentary Competition Won: Vienna Shorts Film Award
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest, United States (21 – 27 June, 2022)
    Official Selection: Best Documentary


Press Materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here

Excerpts: Click here