A talented Grade 5 student from QAD, Maha Al-Thani, won the first place award at the Arab World Spotlight challenge for her thoughtful, multimedia reflection on a featured film of her choosing.
The competition (A Cultural Portrait), a joint effort between Qatar Foundation International and SIMA Classroom, invited students to "explore the complex issues of stereotyping, discrimination and diversity and to take action through the creation of a collaborative digital media project."
“The experience was very fun, finding out that I made the top five was one of the best days of my life. I was filled with many different emotions and (I) was very pleased with my results,” Maha said. Maha chose a short film, titled ‘Fledgling’, which details the journey of hope for a boy within a refugee camp, who chooses to keep his mind focused on positivity in the midst of his circumstances. Perhaps the most valuable lesson learned can even be applied during this time at home with our families: "to look for the beauty in everyone and everything."