Aisha Al-Shammakh is a 26-year-old promising young Qatari filmmaker and AlKass Sports Channel's youngest TV director with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Qatar University (2018) and a minor in Psychology. She has been an Ajyal judge for four years and has also volunteered at the Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival. She is one of the founders of the Film Club in Qatar University and also became its president in 2016. (DFI)
ILoveQatar.net was able to have an exclusive Q&A session with Aisha, the filmmaker of 'Designed by H', 'Abstract', We Are Family' and '#احنا_بخير'.
Aisha: I make documentaries; I would consider that my main area of expertise. During my undergrad studies, I made three documentaries, one of them was shortlisted for the Ajyal Film Festival, Qatar’s leading film festival, and was screened for over 12,000 local and international audiences. I also make short films, and I’d love to make a feature film one day!
Aisha: I honestly love all movie genres, I don’t like to limit myself to a certain type. However, I would consider fantasy and horror movies my top favourites.
Aisha: I am currently preparing for my upcoming project which showcases what the creative process looks like. It’s going to be very different from my previous documentaries and I’m looking forward to completing it.
Aisha: This is a difficult question to answer, but I would say Wes Anderson holds a special place in my heart. His brilliance and artistic vision inspire me and I often find myself amused by his craft.
Actors: Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal and Will Smith.
Actresses: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Angelina Jolie.
Filmmakers: Wes Anderson, Bong Joon-ho and David Yates.
Aisha: I loved interior designing since I was a little girl. I was actually considering it as my destined career path, but I found myself more drawn to filmmaking and carried on with my love of decorating as a hobby. In fact, I incorporate my love for interior design in filmmaking by designing my own film sets.
Aisha: I watch films, read books and socialise with friends and family.
Aisha: If I weren’t in the film industry, I’d definitely be an interior designer!
Aisha: I’d want to be remembered as a positive person with nothing but love to give whomever I cross paths with.
Aisha: Always work with what you’ve got and push yourself because every film you make should teach you something you didn’t know before and will develop your skills more.
Aisha: My film "Millennials" was the beginning of my career highlight, but I won’t stop here because I know I have so much potential and want to challenge myself more.
Aisha: In 2018, when I challenged myself to make a short documentary film by myself, and as hard as it was, it made me so proud of myself to see how far I can go in the future.
Aisha: The support of my family and friends.
Aisha: I don’t believe in mistakes as much as I believe they’re lessons. Because as long as I’m learning and developing myself they’re considered to be lessons for me.
Aisha: Choosing between two completely different majors, and thankfully, I ended up choosing the right one.
Aisha: Don’t be afraid of failing, because as long as you’re willing to take risks it means you’re brave. If you fall, get up, wipe off the dust and keep on going. The falls are there for you to make you wiser and stronger to reach your goals.
Aisha: Study abroad in my dream college, but still, no regrets and I’m still considering continuing my Master's Degree there in the future.
Aisha: Hardworking. Creative. Ambitious. Social. Honest.
Aisha: I get to express myself freely through the thing I love the most in life.
Aisha: Teamwork, communication and leadership.
Video credit: Films For Qatar
Aisha: Creativity and attention to details.
Aisha: All types of art.
Aisha: Take good criticism into consideration, and keep on learning.
Hobbies: Reading books, photography and Learning new things.
Favourite food: Pasta
Favourite travel destination: US
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