Answering the call to duty , Barzan Holdings only needed two weeks to shift their production line and start manufacturing life-saving ventilators for the nation .
Amid the coronavirus pandemic , ventilators help ease the pressure on hospitals . They take over the body ’ s breathing process when disease has caused the lungs to fail .
As the global defence and security investment arm of Qatar ’ s Ministry of Defence , Barzan Holdings quickly evolved to meet the demands of the nation . Now producing 8,000 life-saving ventilators a month , Barzan Holdings can supply both local and international markets .
Resilient by nature
Pushing the limits
When a global pandemic strikes, how can we create a new
space to connect domestic filmmakers with the global
community? Q Life speaks to the CEO of the Doha Film
Institute to learn how the organisation used this moment to
reinvent one of its leading annual events.
Film nurtures the mind and opens doors. While For Alremaihi, supporting filmmakers and lending
we may be physically isolated during these times, a voice to underrepresented segments of the
film and the arts can transport us to new places,” community is paramount at this time. For the past six
says Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, CEO of the Doha Film years, she has overseen the creative direction of the
Institute. Institute where she has the opportunity to “promote
As a leading Qatari cultural organisation dedicated
to film financing, production, and education,
the Doha Film Institute has stayed true to its
commitment to highlight Qatar’s diverse past,
of filmmakers in the Arab world and beyond.” It
allows her to do what she loves most – supporting
new voices in film.
present, and future despite much of the world When coronavirus spread worldwide, the Institute
having to press pause. found itself in the final stages of preparation for
The Institute became part of a global movement
led by cultural and artistic leaders to adapt to a new
cross-cultural exchange and see the bold new energy
its annual talent incubator event, Qumra, which
draws some of the most important names in
international cinema to Doha. To support this year’s
47 participating projects – and the hopes and dreams