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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.


  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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