Palestinian Motor Racing Documentary to Open Doha Youth Film Festival

Speed Sisters

The festival will kick off with the film about the West Bank's only all-female streetcar racing team and close with Salma Hayek-produced 'Khalil Gibran's The Prophet'

Speed Sisters, a documentary about the West Bank's only all-female streetcar racing team, will open the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in the Qatari capital of Doha.

The debut feature of Lebanese-Canadian director Amber Fares was developed with support from the Sundance Institute and Qatar's own Doha Film Institute and began when Fares started documenting the group of racers back in 2010.

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"We are absolutely thrilled to present the world premiere of Speed Sisters in Doha at the opening night of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival," said festival director Fatma Al Remaihi. "It is a film that took us by surprise — a first feature by an exciting new director that depicts a very different aspect of life in Palestine than what we are accustomed to seeing onscreen."

As previously announced, the festival — which runs Dec. 1-6 — will close with the Salma Hayek-produced animated adaptation Khalil Gibran's KhKhThe Prophet.