Ikot brings illegal taxi drivers’ lives to big screen

August 26, 2013 1:08 pm

Ikot brings illegal taxi drivers’ lives to big screen

Doha 26th August 2013 : Carlo Yan, a Filipino filmmaker has created a short film depict the lives of “illegal” taxi drivers in Qatar. The name of the film is Ikot (Round trip).


Ikot has already been entered for two film festivals – Ajyal, organised by Doha Film Institute which will begin on November 26 and Tropfest Arabia (GCC) – to be held this year.

Yan and six other crew members spent almost two weeks to finish the filming.


The short film is about Mark, a former salesperson of a company in Qatar, who resigns and decides to become a private – therefore, illegal – taxi driver. He is aware of the risks involved. But he believes that it will fetch him a higher income than his previous job.


Mark meets Oliver while looking for customers and decides to take him for a ride. The round trip in Doha starts there. The conversation focuses on their everyday life as expatriates. The talk is about how to work harder to support their families back home and how they manage to survive in a foreign land.


Yan wants to send a message through Ikot to fellow Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) that life must go on despite the problems and failures that crop up along the way.


Yan is also an OFW. The team also included Ray an Yema (sound engineer), Oliver Maalindog (sound design), Winddizy (music), Eugune Dela Cruz (director of photography), Paolo Gorriceta (executive producer) and Catarina Nevesdias (assistant director).

About the Author

Aani Fatimah Khatoon is the Associate editor of Qatar Chronicle. She is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. A passionate feminist and ardent writer. She pens articles on public interest issues and happenings across the world.

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