Lulwa, a young girl living in the port town of Doha, wishes to sail her own boat. Society deems that, and many other things, inappropriate for a girl. She also cannot go to school because there simply isn’t one for girls!
BöDaryah is a mythical creature that haunts the ocean. Manipulating the weather and capsizing boats, his wrath has always been felt throughout the past century
in the Arabian Gulf Sea. As a captain of a ship and his crew go missing during their pearl-diving voyage, Lulwa daughter of the Nokhida (captain), suspects her father was captured by BöDaryah. The town learns of this news and is furiously prepared to end BöDaryah once and for all. Leaving her mother to mourn, Lulwa sets off on a quest, equipped only with the hope of finding her father and a magical seashell. During her journey, she challenges traditions and makes new friends along the way.
BöDaryah is an ode to Roda’s great-grandfather Shk. Faleh Bin Nasser Al-Thani who was a well-known pearl merchant in the GCC and, most importantly, an advocate for education for all.
Roda Al-Thani is a Qatari Graphic designer based in Doha, Qatar. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar with a BFA in Graphic Design. Her work ranges from game design to publications and posters. During her four years in VCUQ, she received several awards among them are the Critic’s Circle award for her Senior Show case, a Best Video for a Visual Narrative project, a recognition of development and achievement by the graphic design department and most recently the 2015 World Men’s Handball Championship Mascot design. Since then she co-founded a design studio called asterism studio and she continues to work as a freelance graphic designer.