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Ajyal Film Festival 2018

All Films


Runtime: 69 min

This programme of short films is a testament to standing strong, even when all the odds are stacked against you.


  • Radiance

    Ajyal Competition

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

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

  • 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 Hussein's regime

    Muslim Habeeb / Iraq / 2018 / Short Documentary

  • Drop by Drop

    Ajyal Competition

    An eidolon-like animated documentary that is based on real-life interviews with people who were left behind af…

    Alexandra Ramires (Xá), Laura Gonçalves / Portugal / 2017 / Short Documentary

  • 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 illness that has

    Birutė Sodeikaitė / Poland, Lithuania / 2017 / Short Narrative

  • Bird Karma

    Ajyal Competition

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

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

  • 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 stands for som…

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

  • Sirocco

    Ajyal Competition

    Exquisitely animated in black and white, 'Sirocco' is set on the picturesque shoreline of Sicily. An unusual f…

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

  • Changyou's Journey

    Ajyal Competition

    A bitter-sweet homage to the animator's eponymous late father. This well-crafted and endearing labour of love

    Perry S. Chen / United States of America / 2017 / Short Documentary

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