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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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