Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2013

  • 48 Hour Family Film Challenge: Winner 1 - Jude

    Made in Qatar

    Jude is an adorable, tiny baby, born on the 10th of July 2013, but in this playful, beautifully…

    Chassan Keirouz, Pascale Abu Jamra, Carl Salameh / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • 48 Hour Family Film Challenge: Winner 2: Somewhere in Gaza

    Made in Qatar

    A boy’s carefree memories of when he used to play with his friends have been swept away by mena…

    Hisham Madayi / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Al-Kora

    Made in Qatar

    A brother and sister attempt to retrieve a lost football in an old Qatari village.

    Amal Al-Muftah / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Baghdad Messi

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Hammoudi and his pals are obsessed with football. Now, with the Champions League final match co…

    Sahim Omar Kalifa / Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Iraq / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Big Mouth

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Trudy’s talking sometimes gets her into trouble – but it’s also what makes her special

    Andrea Dorfman / Canada / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • The Boy with Chocolate Fingers

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Clever rhymes and inventive performances show us that what makes us different makes us special.

    Chris Palmer / United Kingdom / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • The Candy Tree

    Bariq - ages 4+

    A beautifully animated tale about childhood dreams and how they really can come true.

    Somnath Pal / India / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Carioca Soul

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    A boy witnesses the emergence of choro in Rio de Janeiro, a style of music that came to represe…

    William Côgo / Brazil / 2002 / Short Narrative

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  • Casparade - It’s Best to Be Yourself

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    It's not easy being seven years old – especially with parents like Casper's!

    Wojtek Wawszczyk / Poland / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • The Chase

    Bader - ages 18+

    Four loud-mouthed, gun-toting gals in a spectacular car chase with the cops… But who is really…

    Philippe Gamer / France / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Daddy ABC

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Dad thinks he knows best, but let’s face it: it’s Mum who runs the household.

    Hamad Alawar / United Arab Emirates / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Everyone loves Edwina the dinosaur – except Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie.

    Pete List / United States of America / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Fatih

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Ten-year-old Fatih lives with his mother and sisters. Is his uncle Ahmet a good male role model…

    Danyael Sugawara / Netherlands, The / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Flying Paper

    Bariq - ages 4+

    This uplifting documentary about children in Gaza on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Reco…

    Nitin Sawhney, Roger Hill / United States of America, Palestine / 2013 / Feature Documentary

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  • Garden of Words

    Closing Night

    In the elegant and introspective ‘Garden of Words’, the evocative rainy season of Japan’s Kantō…

    Makoto Shinkai / Japan / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Girl from Gori

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Tamari is the new girl in school and a classmate shows that he likes her… by ruining something…

    Eka Papiashvili / Georgia / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Hero and the Message

    Made in Qatar

    Commissioned by Al Rayyan Productions to celebrate Qatar National Day 2012, ‘Hero and the Messa…

    Pawel Borowski / Qatar / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Horus: Prince of the Sun

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Named one of the top three anime films of all time by the magazine ‘Animage’, this Japanese cla…

    Isao Takahata / Japan / 1968 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Hour Glass

    Bader - ages 18+

    Death finds an abandoned orphan on his doorstep and raises the child as his own.

    Joscha Thelosen / Germany, United Kingdom / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Ice

    Bader - ages 18+

    It's Ramadan, and everything is business as usual until a horrendous accident takes place at If…

    Omar Ibrahim / United Arab Emirates / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • In Case You Forgot

    Bader - ages 18+

    The codes of UAE society tell men and women how they ought to behave. What happens when young p…

    Fatima Helal Al Baloushi / United Arab Emirates / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

    Bader - ages 18+

    After nine-year-old Pete’s mother abandons him, and 14-year-old Mister’s mother is arrested, th…

    George Tillman Jr. / United States of America / 2012 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Invention

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Twelve-year-old Danny and Andrès are mystified by girls. Can learning the complicated principle…

    Giovanni Granada / Colombia / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Justin and the Knights of Valour

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    In a kingdom where values like bravery, courage and honour have been replaced by bureaucracy an…

    Manuel Sicilia / Spain / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Kauwboy

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Ten-year-old Jojo lives with his dad in a rural area of the Netherlands. Jojo’s exuberance is h…

    Boudewijn Koole / Netherlands, The / 2012 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Legend

    Hilal - ages 13+

    A gorgeous animated rendition of the tale of the unification of the UAE combined with the mytho…

    Hani Kichi / United Arab Emirates / 2011 / Short Narrative

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  • Little Kyota Neon Hood

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    There are two things Kyota cannot live without: his old English vocabulary book and his disaste…

    Satsuki Okawa / Japan / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Based upon a popular manga, ‘Lupin the third: The Castle of Cagliostro’ marks the theatrical de…

    Hayao Miyazaki / Japan / 1979 / Feature Narrative

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  • MACROPOLIS

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Cat is missing an eye and Dog is missing a leg, but together they discover there is love in the…

    Joel Simon / United Kingdom / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Men's Barbershop

    Bader - ages 18+

    Some things are seemingly insurmountable… like changing who cuts your hair.

    Meshal Alhulail / Kuwait / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Mike Says Goodbye!

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Mike has been in hospital for months and now he’s well enough to go home. But when his mother d…

    Maria Peters / Netherlands, The / 2012 / Feature Narrative

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  • More Than Two Hours

    Bader - ages 18+

    The law stands between an ailing woman and the medical attention she desperately requires.

    Ali Asgari / Iran / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • My Hero

    Made in Qatar

    A young boy who idolises his busy father devises a clever way to spend more time with him.

    Nora Al-Subai / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • No One Pukes in Heaven

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    A woman and her young daughter create happy memories that will last a lifetime.

    Katja Benrath, Florian Hirschmann, Daniela Sandhofer / Austria, Germany / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Noor

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Fings wants nothing more than to hang Ramadan lights on his building this year, but he soon fin…

    Ahmed Ibrahim / Egypt / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Notebook Babies: Smile

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Have you helped someone smile today?

    Tony Dusko / United States of America / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • On the Way to School

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Jackson, Zahira, Samuel and Carlito, the heroes of this inspiring documentary, are from Morocco…

    Pascal Plisson / France, Mexico / 2013 / Feature Documentary

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  • One in Five

    Made in Qatar

    A Qatari mother tries to make a connection with her young autistic son.

    Jawaher Al Khater / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Our Home

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    While playing a game with his daughter, a father discovers the effects of his inattentiveness t…

    Abdulla Al-Hemairi / United Arab Emirates / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • The Painting Pool

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Maryam and Reza are different from other couples. For them, even the simplest of tasks – like…

    Maziar Miri / Iran / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Pee-Wee 3D: The Winter That Changed My Life

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    After his mother dies, 12-year-old Janeau Trudel and his dad move to a hockey-mad Quebec commun…

    Eric Tessier / Canada / 2012 / Feature Narrative

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  • Razfa

    Made in Qatar

    A teenage Qatari boy attempts to emulate the sporting achievements of his father.

    Ali Al Mehdi / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Recently in the Woods

    Bariq - ages 4+

    It is very, very foolish to make fun of unicorns!

    Daniel van Westen / Germany / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Regret

    Hilal - ages 13+

    School life isn’t easy for Jochem, who is the target of the class bullies. Tino, the class ment…

    Dave Schram / Netherlands, The / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • SNAP

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Everyone makes fun of Snap because he’s no good at catching fish – until a cool frog shows him…

    Thomas G. Murphy / Belgium, United Kingdom / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Shame and Glasses

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Mirko is self-conscious about wearing his glasses in front of a girl he likes at school, but wi…

    Alessandro Riconda / Italy / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • A Shout from Within

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Eight students from the Filipino community in Qatar – all from different family backgrounds, a…

    Jan Xavier Pacle / Qatar / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Side by Side

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    When their grandmother falls ill, Lauren and her younger brother Harvey must keep their wits ab…

    Arthur Landon / United Kingdom / 2012 / Feature Narrative

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  • Sonder

    Made in Qatar

    A lone figure revisits his old college in this philosophical meditation on time, memory and mis…

    Ali Al Thani / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Sounds for Mazin

    Hilal - ages 13+

    An operation allows Mazin, who is almost completely deaf, to hear sounds he has never heard bef…

    Ingrid Kamerling / Netherlands, The / 2012 / Short Documentary

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  • Sweet Violence

    Made in Qatar

    A young girl tries to cope with her parents’ domestic quarrelling by playing with her toys, but…

    Dana An Natsheh / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Tooth Fairy

    Made in Qatar

    In an attempt to raise the money to pay his mother’s medical bills, a brave boy calls on the to…

    Shaikha Ali / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Toto

    Bader - ages 18+

    A boy meets a mysterious man on a sunny summer's day. A beautifully animated rendition of the u…

    Zbigniew Czapla / Poland / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Touch of the Light

    Bader - ages 18+

    Based on the real-life story of blind Taiwanese piano prodigy Huang Yu-Siang, ‘Touch of the Lig…

    Chang Rong-ji / Hong Kong, Taiwan / 2012 / Feature Narrative

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  • Two

    Bariq - ages 4+

    An animated film about the relationship between a girl and her father, and his decision not to…

    Mokhtar Talaat / Egypt / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Voices of a Distant Star

    Closing Night

    When Mikako is sent to fight aliens in a distant universe, her text messages take years to reac…

    Makoto Shinkai / Japan / 2003 / Short Narrative

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  • Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)

    Bader - ages 18+

    When Wajma, a young woman bound for law school, is seduced by Mustafa, a charming waite, the tw…

    Barmak Akram / Afghanistan, France / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Way Way Back

    Bader - ages 18+

    When 14-year-old Duncan, his mother and her overbearing boyfriend go on a summer vacation, Dunc…

    Nat Faxon, Jim Rash / United States of America / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Whale Valley

    Bader - ages 18+

    The powerful bond between two brothers keeps them going strong in the isolation of the remote I…

    Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson / Denmark, Iceland / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • When I Saw You

    Hilal - ages 13+

    In Jordan in 1967, young Tarek and his mother are stranded in a refugee camp, while his father…

    Annemarie Jacir / Palestine, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Greece / 2012 / Feature Narrative

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  • The White Snake Enchantress

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Two star-crossed lovers in ancient china embark on a dangerous adventure with the help of a kin…

    Kazuhiko Okabe, Taiji Yabushita / Japan / 1958 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Wind Rises

    Opening Night

    ‘The Wind Rises’, Hayao Miyazaki’s final chapter of a legendary career, reimagines the inspirin…

    Hayao Miyazaki / Japan / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Yim & Yoyo

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Yim suffers from speech anxiety, but learns confidence from his imaginary friend, Yoyo the pand…

    Anna van Keimpema / Netherlands, The / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Yum Yum Yummy

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Food, glorious food! What do you think your dinner might be doing while you aren’t looking?

    Gwendoline Gamboa / Belgium / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Beloved Spanish mischief-makers Zip and his twin brother Zap have entertained comic-book lovers…

    Óskar Santos / Spain / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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