BEIT BYOOT | بيت بيوت
Set in a dystopian doll house, Jameela, a friendly little girl wants nothing more than to fit in with the girls in the house. As she doesn’t look like all of the carbon-copied girls, she is rejected by them. That’s when she meets odd Yasmine and ultimately, must choose between true friendship and being outcasted or fake friendships and fitting in. 
7 minutes | 2019 | Arabic (English Subtitles) | Color | DCP | Aspect Ratio 1.78 (16x9 VIDEO)

Festivals, Awards & Screenings: 
Now screening on SundanceTV & BeIN

Ajyal Film Festival
Doha, Qatar
November 15, 2019
Local Premiere
Special Jury Mention

CineKid Film Fesitval
Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 19, 2019
Screening Club

Providence Children's Film Festival
Rhode Island, United States
January 14, 2020
Official Selection

World of Cinema Short Film Festival / Women Film Festival
Amman, Jordan
June 23, 2020
Official Selection

Goteborg Arab Film Festival
Goteborg, Sweden
September 25, 2020
Special Jury Mention

International Kids Film Festival
Online, India
November 20, 2020
In Competition

Giffoni Film Festival
Giffoni, Italy

SundanceTV Shorts Competition
SundanceTV, United States
November 18, 2020
Online MENA Premiere
Honorable Mention

Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival 2020
Online, Yemen
December 10, 2020
Yemen Premiere

Short of The Year
January 27, 2021
Online Audience Award

Boston Palestinian Film Festival 
August 2021

AFMI (Arab Film and Media Institute) 
May 26, 2022
Director's Note:
‘Beit Byoot’, meaning doll house, is a game played by many young girls in the Middle East. The rules of the game are simple: bring your doll to the playground and join the girls in creating a storyline. In this seemingly simple game, the little girls’ politics can oftentimes be brutal with players’ doll being disqualified simply for not fitting the beauty standards. It is then that girls learn the meaning of beauty and it’s importance in the rules of friendship. In a way, women in this region never stop playing this game, even after they’ve outgrown their dolls. Beit Byoot is predominantly a story about fitting in and how far you would go in order to do so. I believe that my main character Jameela personifies this struggle when she comes face to face with the girly brutality of this doll game.


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