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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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  • 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

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

    Favourites
    • Sat, Dec 1, 07:00 PM, KE–AS
  • 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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  • 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

    Favourites
    • Fri, Nov 30, 07:00 PM, K16-OH
    • Sat, Dec 1, 02:30 PM, NOV-P1
  • 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

    Favourites
    • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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

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