The Challenge

2016 | Italy, France, Switzerland | NR | 69 min.


Dutmers at the Dennos Museum Wed, Jul 26, 2017 9:00 PM
Dutmers at the Dennos Museum Thu, Jul 27, 2017 3:00 PM
Dutmers at the Dennos Museum Fri, Jul 28, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Avant Garde Film at Dutmers
Release Year:2016
Runtime:69 min.
Production Country:Italy
Original Language:Arabic
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Yuri Ancarani
Produced by:Tommaso Bertani
Fabrizio Polpettini
Cinematography:Yuri Ancarani
Luca Nervegna
Jonathon Ricquebourg
Editing By:Yuri Ancarani
Cast:Khaled Al-Kaja
Nasser Al-Kaabi
Soul Riders Qatar
Khaled Al-Hammadi
Osama Yacoub


Ever wondered what Qatari sheikhs do in their downtime? In this dazzling debut documentary, Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani finds out, and you won’t soon get the surreal images of the amateur falconry world out of your mind. Wealthy sheikhs spare no expense in their enthusiastic pursuit of this eccentric hobby. Fights between falcons and pigeons have (perhaps unsurprisingly) wild results, but it’s the dreamy juxtaposition of an ancient tradition playing out in a modern, ultra-rich arena that proves most jaw-dropping. “The Challenge” offers a vivid portrait of what recreation looks like when you’re living a life of excess, speeding through the desert in your supercar with a pet cheetah beside you—things most of us will never see, except on film.

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