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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.


  • Al Gawasa

    Made in Qatar

    An inspirational portrait of the young men who are on a mission to keep the proud Qatari tradit…

    Sheikha Bahzad, Maryam Al-Thani / Qatar / 2018 / Short Documentary

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  • As My Father Was

    Ajyal Competition

    The story of Ali, a 12-year-old "Fili" Kurd who lives in Baghdad. After the fall of Saddam Huss…

    Muslim Habeeb / Iraq / 2018 / Short Documentary

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  • Bachir in Wonderland

    Ajyal Competition

    This absorbing documentary records a few weeks in the life of the stateless 10-year-old Saharan…

    Els Duran, Evelien Vehof / Netherlands / 2017 / Short Documentary

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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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  • Carlotta's Face

    Ajyal Competition

    When Carlotta looks in the mirror, she doesn’t recognise herself. She suffers from ‘Face Blindn…

    Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld / Germany / 2018 / Short Documentary

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  • 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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  • Changyou's Journey

    Ajyal Competition

    A bitter-sweet homage to the animator's eponymous late father. This well-crafted and endearing…

    Perry S. Chen / United States of America / 2017 / Short Documentary

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  • Commodity City

    Ajyal Competition

    A documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer m…

    Jessica Kingdon / United States of America / 2016 / Short Documentary

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  • Drop by Drop

    Ajyal Competition

    An eidolon-like animated documentary that is based on real-life interviews with people who were…

    Alexandra Ramires (Xá), Laura Gonçalves / Portugal / 2017 / Short Documentary

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  • Freedom Fields

    Ajyal Competition

    At the new dawn of a nation once cut off from the world, a dynamic group of women from fracture…

    Naziha Arebi / Libya, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States of America, Qatar, Lebanon, Canada / 2018 / Feature Documentary

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    • Wed, Nov 28, 07:00 PM, K16-OH
    • Wed, Nov 28, 07:00 PM, K16-DT
    • Thu, Nov 29, 08:30 PM, NOV-P1
  • 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
  • Millennials

    Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

    Ubiquitous electronic devices are connecting us like never before. In this short documentary, w…

    Aisha Al-Shammakh / Qatar / 2017 / Short Documentary

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  • A Moment with the Wind

    Made in Qatar

    A kite in the sky, a board at his feet and natures key ingredient, the wind. In this captivatin…

    Ibrahim Nashat / Qatar / 2018 / Short Documentary

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  • One in 50 Million

    Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

    Nawaal Akram is a 20-year old who navigates life with the rare genetic mutation disorder Duchen…

    Luciana Ceccatto Farah / Qatar / 2018 / Short Documentary

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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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  • 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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  • Siblings

    Ajyal Competition

    The children and youth featured in this thought-provoking and heartwarming documentary all have…

    James Michael Chiang / Canada / 2016 / Short Documentary

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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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  • Voyager

    Made in Qatar

    'Voyager' is a captivating human story about emotions, psychology and a frank look at how a per…

    Khalifa AlMarri / Qatar / 2018 / Short Documentary

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  • What Walaa Wants

    Ajyal Competition

    'What Walaa Wants' is the compelling story of a headstrong young girl. Raised in a refugee camp…

    Christy Garland / Canada, Denmark / 2018 / Feature Documentary

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    • Wed, Nov 28, 08:30 PM, NOV-P1
    • Thu, Nov 29, 09:30 PM, K16-OH