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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.


  • Antouni

    Ajyal Competition

    A personal look at the effect of displacement, this film centres on Lori, a young girl who is t…

    Alik Tamar / Armenia, United States of America / 2017 / Short Narrative

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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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  • Bird Karma

    Ajyal Competition

    The fable-inspired ‘Bird Karma’ is the first hand-drawn animated film to be produced by DreamWo…

    William Salazar / United States of America / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Brotherhood

    Ajyal Competition

    Malik, an eighteen-year-old with flaming red hair, returns to his small village in Tunisia afte…

    Meryam Joobeur / Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden / 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
  • 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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  • The Craft

    Ajyal Competition

    Envisaging international diplomacy as an alien conspiracy, ‘The Craft’ is a semi-autobiographic…

    Monira Al Qadiri / Kuwait, Lebanon / 2017 / Short Narrative

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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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  • The Elephant's Song

    Ajyal Competition

    'The Elephant's Song' tells the true and tragic tale of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in A…

    Lynn Tomlinson / United States of America / 2018 / Short Narrative

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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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  • 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
  • Gummy Gas Crisis

    Ajyal Competition

    Gummy Gas Crisis tells the story of a space gasman, Ed, who must overcome various obstacles in…

    Rodrigo Díaz / Argentina / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • 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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  • I Don't Believe in You But Then There Is Gravity

    Ajyal Competition

    A comedic look at the daily lives of the residents of a high-rise building, as their typical Su…

    Umut Subaşı / Turkey / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Inanimate

    Ajyal Competition

    Katrine lives an ordinary life, with a regular job, in a typical city. Or at least that’s what…

    Lucia Bulgheroni / United Kingdom / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Killing Hope

    Ajyal Competition

    At the heart of a war-torn Aleppo, in the midst of the civil war, twenty-four-year-old Al-Basha…

    Natacha Grangeon, Julia Retali / France / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Last Stop Is the Moon

    Ajyal Competition

    A hauntingly beautiful story of a young girl as she is forced to come to terms with a tragic il…

    Birutė Sodeikaitė / Poland, Lithuania / 2017 / Short Narrative

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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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  • Negative Space

    Ajyal Competition

    Even though Sam’s father is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by…

    Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata / France / 2017 / 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
  • 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
  • Odd Is an Egg

    Ajyal Competition

    A young boy named Odd is so concerned about crushing his fragile head that he is afraid to join…

    Kristin Ulseth / Norway, Portugal / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • 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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  • On Happiness Road

    Ajyal Competition

    Following the death of her beloved grandmother, Chi returns home from America for the funeral.…

    Hsin-Yin Sung / Taiwan / 2017 / Feature 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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  • Post No Bills

    Ajyal Competition

    The life of a street flyer can get pretty lonely from time to time, and on an urban city wall p…

    Robin Hays / Canada / 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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  • Radiance

    Ajyal Competition

    'Radiance' is a short, semi-autobiographical animation that uses an exquisite, almost otherworl…

    Chialing Yang / United States of America / 2017 / Short Narrative

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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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  • 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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  • Sirocco

    Ajyal Competition

    Exquisitely animated in black and white, 'Sirocco' is set on the picturesque shoreline of Sicil…

    Romain Garcia, Kevin Tarpinian, Thomas Lopez-Massy, Avril Hug, Lauren Madec / France / 2016 / Short Narrative

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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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  • Transformation

    Ajyal Competition

    A young disabled man who lives with his mother struggles to come to terms with his limitations.…

    Yousef Al Bagshi / Kuwait / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Two Balloons

    Ajyal Competition

    We join two very adventurous lemurs as they fly their majestic airships across the beautiful sk…

    Mark C. Smith / United States of America / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Two Trams

    Ajyal Competition

    Every morning, two city trams roam the streets of a bustling city serving local citizens and dr…

    Svetlana Andrianova / Russian Federation / 2016 / 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 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
  • 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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  • 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