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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.


  • Amphitheater

    Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

    Sarah, a professional Qatari photographer, happens upon a rebellious young girl and her family.

    Mahdi Ali Ali / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • The Bleaching Syndrome

    Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

    Eiman Mirghani, an Afro-Arab filmmaker living in Qatar, sets out to make a documentary about a…

    Eiman Mirghani / Qatar / 2018 / Short Documentary

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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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  • Flo

    Ajyal Competition

    One day a little flea makes a new friend, but their home is a strange place, and they must work…

    Nora Marie Back / Germany / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Forum Des Images - My Family Tree!

    Ajyal Competition

    The 'Bariq Short Film Programme' is accompanied by an abridged version of the ‘My Family Tree’…

    / / / Musical Performance

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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
  • The Hunt

    Ajyal Competition

    While on the way to the woods one day, a shortsighted but well-meaning hunter mistakes a rambun…

    Alexey Alekseev / France / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Journey to the Beginning of Time

    Special Screening

    A group of young boys rent a boat at an inner-city park and enter a small cave at the edge of t…

    Karel Zeman / Czech Republic, The / 1955 / Feature Narrative

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    • Sat, Dec 1, 07:00 PM, KE–AS
  • Just Another Memory

    Made in Qatar

    Amidst the ongoing war in Yemen; torn between being “safe” and “away”, weighed down by the ever…

    Mariam Al-Dhubhani / Qatar / 2018 / Short Documentary

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  • Leave No Trace

    Ajyal Competition

    A father and daughter live an isolated and reclusive life in Forest Park, an idyllic nature res…

    Debra Granik / United States of America / 2018 / 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
  • Nasser Goes to Space

    Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

    Nasser is a highly-creative young boy who uses an imaginary world as a coping mechanism to deal…

    Mohamed Al Mahmeed / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Next Door Spy

    Ajyal Competition

    Ten-year-old Agathe-Christine, or 'AC' as she prefers to be called, dreams of becoming a privat…

    Karla von Bengtson / Denmark / 2017 / Feature Narrative

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    • Thu, Nov 29, 05:30 PM, NOV-P1
    • Sat, Dec 1, 04:30 PM, K12-B
  • An Old Lady Stepped Outside for Some Bread and Pastry

    Ajyal Competition

    Based on a poem by Anna Ignatova, this charming little animation is about how you never know wh…

    Anastasiya Jakulina / Russian Federation / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Please Frog, Just One Sip

    Ajyal Competition

    It is a hot day in Africa, and Frog cannot stand the heat any longer. He takes a sip, but his t…

    Diek Grobler / South Africa / 2017 / Short 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 Reason, July 2017

    Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

    An artist whisks us on a journey through time and place as memories from Doha and Egypt bubble…

    Hadeer Omar / Qatar / 2017 / Short Documentary

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  • Sabaku

    Ajyal Competition

    A short but endearing story about making new friends and finding acceptance, as a little bird n…

    Marlies van der Wel / Netherlands / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Samha

    Made in Qatar

    The film documents the journey of a camel named ‘Samha’ as they are entered into the 'Mzayn Al…

    Noor Fawzi Al-Asswad / Qatar / 2018 / Short Documentary

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  • Supa Modo

    Ajyal Competition

    In this bittersweet, and heartfelt film, Jo, a bright nine-year-old girl is tragically diagnose…

    Likarion Wainaina / Kenya, Germany / 2018 / Feature Narrative

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  • Unrestrained

    Made in Qatar

    A high-octane documentary that follows the exhilarating, yet extremely dangerous sport of dune…

    Houssam Laabar / Qatar / 2018 / Short Documentary

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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
  • Where Are You Right Meow?

    Ajyal Competition

    A young artist, Ayako, struggles with creative block. Suddenly, her beloved cat Beru goes missi…

    Maysam Al-Ani / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Where Are You Right Meow?

    Made in Qatar

    A young artist, Ayako, struggles with creative block. Suddenly, her beloved cat Beru goes missi…

    Maysam Al-Ani / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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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