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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.


  • 3 Faces

    Special Screening

    Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught when she comes across a provincial girl’s plea f…

    Jafar Panahi / Iran / 2018 / Feature Narrative

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Forum Des Images - My Family Tree!

    Special Screening

    Ajyal is delighted to once again welcome Forum des Images to present the Qatar premiere of thei…

    / / / Musical Performance

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    • Thu, Nov 29, 06:30 PM, KE–AS
  • 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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  • 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
  • The Man Who Stole Banksy

    Special Screening

    In 2007, anonymous street artist and activist Banksy painted a number of politically divisive a…

    Marco Proserpio / United Kingdom, Italy, Qatar / 2018 / Feature Documentary

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    • Sun, Dec 2, 09:00 PM, K16-DT
    • Mon, Dec 3, 08:30 PM, NOV-P1
  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Theeb

    Special Screening

    In 1916, in a Bedouin encampment in the Arabian desert, Theeb and his elder brother Hussein go…

    Naji Abu Nowar / Jordan, United Kingdom, Qatar, United Arab Emirates / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • 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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