Five O'clock Wins the Best Second Movie - Film Competition from Iraq at the Qumrah International Film Festival
Director Ayman Al-Shatri's short film Five O'Clock has received the Best Second Movie-Film Competition from Iraq at the 2nd edition of the Qumrah International Film Festival in Iraq.
Five O'clock tells the story of a suicidal man who intends to carry out a terrorist attack by blowing himself in the middle of a crowd using an explosive belt, as he believes that non-Muslims are unworthy of life and they deserve to die. Despite being brainwashed, he begins to think, search and wonder if all idiots really deserve to die, and will he be granted eternal life in paradise after doing so?
Directed by Ayman Al-Shatri, who also co-wrote it with Ameer Ihsan, Five O'clock stars Karam Thamer,
Safa Najem, and Karrar Al Mahdi. MAD Solutions is handling the distribution of the film across the Arab world. The film's world premiere was held at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), where it competed within the Short Muhr Feature competition. Last January, Five O'clock took part in the Sudan
Independent Film Festival (SIFF(.
The Qumrah International Film Festival is an annual festival held in Basra, Iraq. The first edition of the festival was in April, 2016. This year's edition included 63 films and celebrates the Iraqi filmmakers. The Qumrah International Film Festival aims at introducing the city of Basra as a cultural city and not just a city of oil and money. The name of the festival "Qumrah" is referring to the Arabic meaning of "camera" and the Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham who made significant contributions to the principles of optics and visual perception.