The Pillars

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A man tries to restore his self-worth after realizing his uselessness, while his ex-wife shows her determination to move forward after realizing her purpose.

Mustafa Zakaria

An avid moviegoer and maker, Moustafa started writing and directing short films while in university. Prior to going into film full-time, Moustafa was a photographer, and this reflects on his films and shows his love for exploring space. Moustafa has an MFA in Directing and Producing from the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts.

who worked on this project

  • Oksana ShumyloProps
  • Afra Al Dhaheri Wardrobe Mistress
  • RamonaEuropean Lady
  • KabeerIndian Customer
  • AbdelrahmanEuropean Gentleman
  • Noura Al MazrooeiProduction Assistant
  • Khulood Al RumaithiWardrobe Assistant
  • Khadija Al ShehhiMake Up Assistant
  • Thani Al MararPakistani Kid
  • Summer Marie TrinidadCashier
  • Jounty SummersOffice Manager
  • Nayla Al Marar Fatima
  • Fatima Al DhaheriBehind the scenes photography
  • Sally AbdelRazak Sound recording assistant

Festivals, Awards & Nominations

  • Selected in Arabic Film Festival – Australia 2012
  • Selected in Heritage Film Festival –2013

Technical Specifications


shooting format: 5D canon
screening format: Apple PRORES 422 HQ
frames/sec: 25
screen ratio: 1920x1084
color / B&W: Color
running time: 15:50 minutes


sound format: 16-bit integer - Stereo 48000 KHZ
language: Arabic

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