Best Feature-Length Documentary
Nizami Film Center
What's it like to grow up as a girl in Qatar, where modernity and tradition co-exist? For the girls of QATAR STARS, a rhythmic gymnastics school provides friendship, creativity, and physical freedom. Synopsis: QATAR STARS is the first feature documentary about girls in Qatar. It offers a longitudinal observational story of girlhood in all its joys and growing pains, through intimate access to a multinational, girls-only rhythmic gymnastics school in Doha, led by a former Russian gymnast. Girls from Qatar, Lebanon, Eqypt, Ukraine, and UK grow up onscreen over four years, changing from wiggly nine year olds to maturing teens who must navigate the complicated, gendered world around them. The girls face both triumphs and heartaches, to ultimately form an unbreakable bond. Meanwhile, exacting coach Tatiana undergoes her own unexpected professional and personal transformation that challenges her sense of strength and identity.