Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2015


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  • An

    Ajyal Competition

    Sentaro runs a tiny bakery, where he serves pancakes filled with ‘an’, a sweet red bean paste.…

    Naomi Kawase / Japan, France, Germany / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Anatole's Little Saucepan

    Ajyal Competition

    Stunningly animated, this endearing film shows us that each of us is special not despite what m…

    Éric Montchaud / France / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Artificio Conceal

    Ajyal Competition

    A man discovers that his mind has been hacked and his memories replaced in this complex meditat…

    Ayoub Qanir / United Kingdom, United States of America / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Asfoora

    Made in Qatar

    A strange bird mercilessly teases Jana after she is caught cheating on an exam. This stylish da…

    Mayar Hamdan / Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Bad Hunter

    Ajyal Competition

    While out hunting, Bahoz hears a woman’s screams and comes across Nisrien, who has been physica…

    Sahim Omar Kalifa / Belgium / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Beach Flags

    Ajyal Competition

    Two girls compete to represent Iran at the international Beach Race, but one soon recognises he…

    Sarah Saidan / France, Iran / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Beaten Path

    Ajyal Competition

    Exhausted by their backbreaking work, Balvir and his companion question the meaning of their de…

    Phurba Tshering Lama / India / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Bilal

    Special Screening

    In a dreamlike vision, mysterious dark riders mounted on demonic black horses bear down upon a…

    Ayman Jamal, Khurram H. Alavi / United Arab Emirates / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • By Mutual Agreement

    Ajyal Competition

    Guillaume and Caroline have decided to end their marriage and are busy determining who gets to…

    Rémy Cayuela / France / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Cartoon Away

    Ajyal Competition

    A cartoonist has one vision and his artwork has another! This humorous battle of wills illumina…

    Augusto Bicalho Roque / Brazil / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Celestial Camel

    Ajyal Competition

    It’s hard for Bayir, a young sheepherder, to believe in wonders living in the desolate Kalmyk S…

    Yury Feting / Russian Federation / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • Charlie

    Ajyal Competition

    Charlie always struggled in school, especially in reading and writing. The reason? He is dyslex…

    Ali Ali / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • Charlie

    Made in Qatar

    Charlie always struggled in school, especially in reading and writing. The reason? He is dyslex…

    Ali Ali / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • Cine-Concert by the Tout-Petits Cinéma Festival from Paris

    Special Screening

    Life is a breeze when your mother is an airplane – but what if you were a bear looking for his…

    / United States of America, Russian Federation / 2015 / Musical Performance

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  • Cine-Concert by the Tout-Petits Cinéma Festival from Paris

    Ajyal Competition

    Life is a breeze when your mother is an airplane – but what if you were a bear looking for his…

    / United States of America, Russian Federation / 2015 / Musical Performance

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  • Crush

    Ajyal Competition

    After an elephant accidentally treads on a beautiful daisy, the poor beast goes to hilarious le…

    Brent Dawes / South Africa / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Drawing for Better Dreams

    Ajyal Competition

    Using images drawn by Palestinian children, this short evocatively conjures up the struggles fa…

    May Odeh, Dia' Azzeh / Palestine / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • The Elephant and the Bicycle

    Ajyal Competition

    A streetcleaner (who happens to be an elephant!) sees a billboard for a bicycle, and becomes fi…

    Olesya Shchukina / France, Belgium / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Everything Will Be Okay

    Ajyal Competition

    Eight-year-old Lea’s father Michael comes to pick her up for the weekend, but something isn’t q…

    Patrick Vollrath / Austria, Germany / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Footprints

    Ajyal Competition

    When a sleeping man is awoken by a gunshot, he grabs his rifle and chases the horrible beast he…

    Bill Plympton / United States of America / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Free Range

    Ajyal Competition

    When an Israeli cow wanders across the Blue Line into South Lebanon, the authorities go to extr…

    Bassem Breish / Lebanon / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • From Inside

    Ajyal Competition

    During a children’s costume party, a clown takes the time to make a sad girl smile – but what l…

    Ramy El Gabry / Egypt / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • The General

    Special Screening

    Considered one of the best action-adventure comedies of all-time, ‘The General’ stars silent-fi…

    Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton / United States of America / 1926 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Good Dinosaur (3D)

    Special Screening

    The latest feature from the award-winning Pixar Animation Studios transports us to a world wher…

    Peter Sohn / United States of America / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Good as New

    Ajyal Competition

    Moayyad has bigger dreams than working in his father’s modest bakery. When he leaves for Qatar,…

    Jaser Alagha / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Good as New

    Made in Qatar

    Moayyad has bigger dreams than working in his father’s modest bakery. When he leaves for Qatar,…

    Jaser Alagha / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Greatest House in the World

    Ajyal Competition

    When her mother unexpectedly goes into labour, it’s up to Rocío to tend to the family’s flock o…

    Ana V. Bojórquez, Lucía Carreras / Guatemala, Mexico / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Heart of the House

    Made in Qatar

    Go behind the scenes at the Oryx Rotana, a five-star Doha hotel, as this short paints intimate…

    Gabrielle Sol / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • Her Majlis

    Made in Qatar

    Step into ‘Her Majlis’ and learn more about this rich tradition, the history of these tradition…

    Najla Al Khulaifi, Dana Al Mesnad, Nayla Al Thani, Sama Abduljawad / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • Hero and the Message

    Special Screening

    Qatar National Day marks the historic day in 1878 when Sheikh Jassem bin Mohammed bin Thani, th…

    Pawel Borowski / Qatar / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • I Choose Islam

    Made in Qatar

    Through conversations with four converts, ‘I Choose Islam’ seeks to spark dialogue about identi…

    Noor Al-Tamimi, Silma Suba, Zac J. Hollo / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • The Idol

    Special Screening

    With his signature dramatic style and keen sense of locale, Academy Award-nominated Palestinian…

    Hany Abu-Assad / Palestine, United Kingdom, Qatar, Netherlands / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • If They Only Knew

    Made in Qatar

    Ahmed can’t sleep, as dreams of his best friend and a tragedy keep him up at night. ‘If They On…

    Sana Al-Ansari / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Immortalizing Memories

    Made in Qatar

    Doha is known for its soaring and sparkling skyline. In ‘Immortalizing Memories’, we are transp…

    Mostafa Sheshtawy / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • In the Distance

    Ajyal Competition

    This gorgeously animated, deceptively simple tale demonstrates that wars, no matter how distant…

    Florian Grolig / Germany / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Kingdom of Garbage

    Ajyal Competition

    Steeped in realism, ‘Kingdom of Garbage’ gives voice to the children displaced by the ongoing c…

    Yasir Kareem / Iraq, Netherlands, United States of America, United Kingdom / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Lamb

    Ajyal Competition

    After Ephraïm’s mother dies, his father must go to Addis Ababa to find work, so he sends his ni…

    Yared Zeleke / France, Ethiopia, Germany, Norway, Qatar / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Landfill Harmonic

    Ajyal Competition

    The Paraguayan town of Cateura functions as the garbage dump of the country's national capital.…

    Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley / United States of America / 2015 / Feature Documentary

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  • The Law of the Jungle

    Ajyal Competition

    A red monkey, a green baboon and a big purple gorilla demonstrate why there’s more to being top…

    Pascale Hecquet / Belgium / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • A Letter

    Ajyal Competition

    A man writes on the wall of his prison cell: “Peace. My love. Home.” ‘A Letter’ evokes a univer…

    Marcelle Aleid / Syria / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Light

    Ajyal Competition

    Overwhelmed by grief and far from the comforts of family, Omar must face performing the Islamic…

    Yassmina Karajah / Canada, Jordan, Lebanon / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Light Sounds

    Ajyal Competition

    This gentle tale of workers at a mosque reminds us that every face might hide an unrecognised t…

    Karem Kamel / Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Light Sounds

    Made in Qatar

    This gentle tale of workers at a mosque reminds us that every face might hide an unrecognised t…

    Karem Kamel / Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Listen

    Ajyal Competition

    A veiled Muslim woman pleads for protection from her violent husband, but language barriers, cu…

    Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni / Denmark, Finland / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Magic Shoes

    Ajyal Competition

    Omid, who has recently moved to the United States from Iran, thinks wearing Air Jordan sneakers…

    Sahand Nikoukar / United States of America / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Man of the House

    Made in Qatar

    A teenager becomes the man of his house after his parents mysteriously leave. But one of his si…

    Khalifa AlMarri / Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Maryam

    Made in Qatar

    In this light-hearted take on the serious subject of plastic surgery, director Zainab Mohammed…

    Zainab Mohammed Ayon / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • Meantime

    Ajyal Competition

    When a young man comes across a car accident, time seems suspended as he cares for the badly in…

    Christian van Duuren / Netherlands / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Mia madre

    Special Screening

    Margherita (the charismatic Margherita Buy) is having a rough time. She has recently split up w…

    Nanni Moretti / Italy, France / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Mina Walking

    Ajyal Competition

    Twelve-year-old Mina is saddled with caring for her senile grandfather and supporting her layab…

    Yosef Baraki / Canada, Afghanistan / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Mitten

    Ajyal Competition

    One snowy winter’s day, a little boy loses one of his bright red mittens, which becomes a cosy…

    Clémentine Robach / Belgium, France / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Mo's Bows

    Ajyal Competition

    Most 13-year-olds don’t wear bow ties. Most 13-year-olds, however, aren’t fashion entrepreneurs…

    Kristen McGregor, Jennifer Treuting / United States of America / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • Modern Times

    Special Screening

    With his bowler hat, cane and little moustache, Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp is one of the mo…

    Charlie Chaplin / United States of America / 1936 / Feature Narrative

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  • My Panda

    Ajyal Competition

    Tim is super-excited when he gets a pet panda for his birthday, but he soon learns that friends…

    Camille Billaud, Doriane Lopez, Domitille Mellac / France / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Notebook

    Made in Qatar

    Nora is making a film for the first time, and in diarist form asks friends to share what they w…

    Amna Al-Binali / Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • The Offer

    Ajyal Competition

    Sami, a Swiss man of Algerian descent, is vying for a job with the defence department, but his…

    Moïra Pitteloud / Switzerland / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • The Palm Tree

    Made in Qatar

    ‘The Palm Tree’ is an observational documentary that shows us how unnatural nature can be, and…

    Jassim Al-Rumaihi / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • Papa

    Ajyal Competition

    Natalie Labarre’s ‘Papa’ reminds us that the real joy of being part of a family is accepting ev…

    Natalie Labarre / United States of America / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Paper Planes

    Ajyal Competition

    When 11-year-old Dylan discovers his exceptional talent for creating paper planes, he becomes o…

    Robert Connolly / Australia / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • Phantom Boy

    Ajyal Competition

    Hospitalised for a serious illness, 11-year-old Leo discovers he has the ability to leave his b…

    Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol / Belgium, France / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • PickUp

    Ajyal Competition

    Ride along with this slice-of-life drama, which explores how patience and sharing traditions ca…

    Saleh Nass / Bahrain / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Present

    Ajyal Competition

    When a young boy’s mother comes home with a surprise gift, at first he’s more interested in his…

    Jacob Frey / Germany / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Red Thunder

    Ajyal Competition

    When Sarah steals her mother’s bright red Cadillac, she discovers her mom’s exciting double lif…

    Alvaro Ron / Spain, United States of America / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Sahara

    Ajyal Competition

    A long figure rides an oryx across the Sahara on a mission to bring peace to her war-torn land.

    Jérémie Faé, Arthur Morin, Georgia Noël Wolinski, Laure Petrini, Caroline Tarrago / France / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Scarecrow

    Ajyal Competition

    Widowed, illiterate and terribly poor, Belyn lives with her three children in a rural town in t…

    Zig Madamba Dulay / Philippines / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Second Mother

    Ajyal Competition

    Jéssica’s arrival, however, immediately upsets the balance of the household. Unwilling to mimic…

    Anna Muylaert / Brazil / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • A Single Life

    Ajyal Competition

    By moving the needle on her record player, a young woman jumps through time to different stages…

    Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen / Netherlands / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Taking the Plunge

    Ajyal Competition

    A boyfriend is forced to take a different kind of plunge when, during a marriage proposal, he d…

    Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, Marie Raoult, Nicholas Manfredi, Thaddaeus Andreades / United States of America / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Taxi Tehran

    Ajyal Competition

    With ‘Taxi Tehran’, celebrated Iranian director Jafar Panahi places himself in the driver’s sea…

    Jafar Panahi / Iran / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • That Day in September

    Ajyal Competition

    A seamstress bonds with a client over her son, who was kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War.

    Karim Jaafar / Lebanon / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Tigers

    Special Screening

    Ayan works as a salesman for a multinational pharmaceutical company in Pakistan. When he discov…

    Danis Tanović / India, France, United Kingdom / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • Time

    Made in Qatar

    A young man faces harsh interrogation. If he can answer one question, he will be allowed to go…

    Yassine Ouahrani / Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • To My Mother

    Made in Qatar

    In this moving tribute, director Amina Ahmed Al Bloshi follows her mother on her path to finall…

    Amina Ahmed Al Bloshi / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • Veganize It!

    Made in Qatar

    This comical short shows the difficulties that can arise when being true to your own beliefs ch…

    Khalid Salim / Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Very Big Shot

    Ajyal Competition

    While Jad has been serving five years behind bars for a crime his elder brother Ziad committed,…

    Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya / Lebanon, Qatar / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Violet

    Ajyal Competition

    Violet doesn’t like herself. When she’s forced, however, to trade places with her reflection, s…

    Maurice Joyce / Ireland / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Walls

    Ajyal Competition

    ‘Walls’ follows several subjects on both sides of three contemporary international borders, dem…

    Pablo Iraburu, Migueltxo Molina / Spain / 2015 / Feature Documentary

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  • When Marnie Was There

    Special Screening

    Anna is a quiet orphan who spends her days drawing, lost in her troubled thoughts. Concerned fo…

    Hiromasa Yonebayashi / Japan / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • Wintry Spring

    Ajyal Competition

    Nour lives alone with her father. When puberty arrives, she feels too uncomfortable to discuss…

    Mohamed Kamel / Egypt / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Wolf Totem (3D)

    Ajyal Competition

    In the second year of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, two university students from Beijing are…

    Jean-Jacques Annaud / China, France / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Wreck-It Ralph

    Special Screening

    At the arcade, all the action happens after closing time, when the characters from the video ga…

    Rich Moore / United States of America / 2012 / Feature Narrative

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  • Yellow Nights

    Made in Qatar

    A chance encounter has the power to alter not just the course of a young man’s life, but also t…

    Abdullah Al Mulla / Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • wHole

    Ajyal Competition

    When a husband helps his blind wife to see, a vain impulse is stirred within her, which has dev…

    Robert Banning, Verena Klinger / Germany / 2014 / Short Narrative

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