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Ajyal Film Festival 2018


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Ajyal brings the best of cinema from around the world to Doha audiences, and films for families and every age group are on offer throughout the Festival. There’s a special focus on films made right here in Qatar; short films for children as young as 4; brilliant examples of animation, drama, and comedy; and heavy-hitting documentaries for the serious cinephile.


  • Aquathlon

    Special Screening

    A young man is not too pleased when he is dragged to swimming lessons by his well-meaning mothe…

    Alexey Shabarov / Russian Federation / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Capharnaüm

    Ajyal Competition

    ‘Capharnaüm’ retraces the journey of 12-year-old Zain, who decides to sue his parents for havin…

    Nadine Labaki / Lebanon / 2018 / Feature Narrative

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    • Fri, Nov 30, 08:30 PM, K16-DT
    • Sat, Dec 1, 08:30 PM, NOV-P1
    • Sat, Dec 1, 09:00 PM, NOV-P2
  • Central Airport THF

    Ajyal Competition

    Built in the 1920s and remodelled as an architectural showcase in the 1930s, Berlin Tempelhof A…

    Karim Aïnouz / Germany, France, Brazil / 2017 / Feature Documentary

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  • The First Thunder

    Special Screening

    A beautifully illustrated musical fantasy that depicts the awakening of Mother Nature after her…

    Anastasia Melikhova / Russian Federation / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • The Gallant Little Tailor

    Special Screening

    An enchanting retelling of a Brothers Grimm classic about a clever little tailor who outwits tw…

    Lotte Reiniger / United Kingdom / 1954 / Short Narrative

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  • Hayati

    Special Screening

    In 2015, Ossamah Al Mohsen and his 8-year-old son were tripped up by a TV reporter as they atte…

    Sofi Escudé, Liliana Torres / Spain, France / 2018 / Feature Documentary

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    • Fri, Nov 30, 08:30 PM, NOV-P1
    • Sat, Dec 1, 08:00 PM, K16-OH
  • Hide and Seek

    Special Screening

    A young boy is preparing to bury his beloved cat. On the way to the pet cemetery, an unexpected…

    Anastasia Ostapenko / Russian Federation / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • The Hymns of Muscovy

    Special Screening

    The film is a trip to the planet 'Muscovy', an upside-down space twin of the city of Moscow, Ru…

    Dimitri Venkov / Russian Federation / 2018 / Short Documentary

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  • Maya the Bee

    Special Screening

    Maya is a little bee with big ambitions. Freshly hatched, she is eager to explore the world aro…

    Alexs Stadermann / Australia, Germany / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • Mirai

    Ajyal Competition, Special Screening

    A captivating story of love passed down through generations from acclaimed director Mamoru Hoso…

    Mamoru Hosoda / Japan / 2018 / Feature Narrative

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    • Fri, Nov 30, 07:00 PM, K16-OH
    • Sat, Dec 1, 02:30 PM, NOV-P1
  • The Night I Swam

    Ajyal Competition

    In the beautiful snow-covered mountains of Japan, a fisherman makes his daily trip to the marke…

    Damien Manivel, Kohei Igarashi / France, Japan / 2017 / Feature Narrative

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    • Fri, Nov 30, 02:30 PM, NOV-P1
    • Sun, Dec 2, 04:00 PM, K16-OH
  • Our Struggles

    Special Screening

    The sympathetic story of Oliver, a fundamentally decent man who is more than happy to shoulder…

    Guillaume Senez / Belgium, France / 2018 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Price of Free

    Ajyal Competition

    'The Price of Free' follows the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner, and longtime crusader against…

    Derek Doneen / United States of America / 2018 / Feature Documentary

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  • The Return of Erkin

    Special Screening

    Erkin is released from prison after serving a lengthy sentence. Clearly changed from the experi…

    Maria Guskova / Russian Federation / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Weldi

    Ajyal Competition

    A Tunisian couple are nearing retirement age, but times are hard, and money is tight. The life…

    Mohamed Ben Attia / Tunisia, France, Belgium, Qatar / 2018 / Feature Narrative

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    • Fri, Nov 30, 10:00 PM, K16-OH
    • Sat, Dec 1, 05:30 PM, NOV-P1
  • What a Pest

    Special Screening

    Fisherman Sergei escapes from everyday life to the uninhabited shores of Onega to meet with the…

    Svetlana Chernikova / Russian Federation / 2018 / Short Documentary

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  • Zoo

    Ajyal Competition

    Young Tom and his misfit friends fight to save ‘Buster’ the baby elephant during the German air…

    Colin McIvor / Ireland, United Kingdom / 2017 / Feature Narrative

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    • Fri, Nov 30, 05:30 PM, NOV-P1
    • Sat, Dec 1, 04:00 PM, K16-OH