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Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Beit Byoot (بيت بيوت)

Ajyal Competition

Mayar Hamdan / Short Narrative / Jordan, Qatar / 2019 / 10 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Coming of age, Social Issues, Identity, Children
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

Screenings

Synopsis

Set in a dystopian dollhouse, Jameela, a friendly little girl wants nothing more than to fit in with the other girls in the house. But as she doesn’t look like all of the carbon-copied girls that play there, she is cavalierly rejected by them. That’s when she meets odd Yasmine and ultimately, must choose between true friendship and being an outcast or fake friendships and fitting in.

About the Directors

Mayar Hamdan is a multimedia storyteller, filmmaker and visual artist. She graduated from Northwestern University. During her studies, Mayar was awarded two Studio20Q grants for ‘Asfoora’ (2015) and ‘Man Down’ (2015). ‘Asfoora’ has screened and found success at various film festivals, museums, schools and themed screenings. Hamdan is currently getting an MFA at CalArts, focusing on art, film and new technologies. Her independent work can be defined as the interdisciplinary exploration of Arab feminist themes, expressed under the canopy of an intense fascination by colour theory, such is reflected in her photography, digital art, films and installation pieces.

Credits

Director
Mayar Hamdan
Screenwriter
Mayar Hamdan
Producer
Ghouna Jaber
Editor
Maryam Al Sahli, Amit Chowdhury
Associate Producer
Dana Atrach, Mohammed Fakhro, Quay Chu
Executive Producer
Maryam Al Khulaifi
Cinematographer
Shadi Chaaban
Sound
Falah Hannoun

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