Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2016


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  • 9956

    Made in Qatar

    Hassan was told he would never walk again, but when he discovered he could crawl he never looke…

    Zaki Hussain / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Achoo!

    Ajyal Competition

    This wonderfully whimsical animated tale imagines how water droplets become the snowflakes that…

    Yuki Hirakawa / Japan / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Al-Johara

    Made in Qatar

    By re-imagining a familiar fairy tale in a very contemporary fashion, Nora Al-Subai creates a Q…

    Nora Al-Subai / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Amer: An Arabian Legend

    Made in Qatar

    This film follows the story of Amer, a legendary purebred Arabian racehorse, through conversati…

    Jassim Al-Rumaihi / Qatar / 2016 / Short Documentary

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  • Ari

    Ajyal Competition

    Ari is different from the other kids at school, but he finds the best way to gain respect is to…

    Alex Murawski / Australia / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Ave Maria

    Ajyal Competition

    Stereotypes are broken down in the name of co-operation in this Oscar-nominated film about Arab…

    Basil Khalil / Palestine, Germany, France / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Bat Time

    Ajyal Competition

    When the sun goes down, all the farm animals go to sleep, so who’s a friendly bat to play with?

    Elena Walf / Germany / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Between Science and Religion

    Made in Qatar

    This poignant but inspiring short reminds us to be always mindful of the present in our all-too…

    Hamida Issa / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Born in Syria

    Special Screening

    Since civil war started in Syria in 2011, an estimated nine million Syrians have fled their hom…

    Hernán Zin / Denmark, Spain / 2016 / Feature Documentary

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  • Caravan

    Made in Qatar

    Trapped in a traffic jam, the minds of Doha residents meander in a state of dreamlike suspensio…

    Suzannah Mirghani / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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

    Ajyal Competition, Special Screening

    Ajyal is pleased once again to work with the Forum des Images to present Big and Tiny, a progra…

    / / / Musical Performance

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  • CodeGirl

    Special Screening

    Worldwide, only about four per cent of tech start-up companies are headed by women. Enter Techn…

    Lesley Chilcott / United States of America / 2015 / Feature Documentary

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    • Thu, Dec 1, 08:00 PM, KE-SC
  • Damaged Goods

    Ajyal Competition

    When Tarik develops a crush on a woman who works nearby, he feels the pressure of a society tha…

    Nermin Hamzagić / Bosnia and Herzegovina / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Dana's Kite

    Ajyal Competition

    Dana plays on the beach and tries to get her brother’s attention, but he’s too busy messaging h…

    Noor Al-Nasr / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Dana's Kite

    Made in Qatar

    Dana plays on the beach and tries to get her brother’s attention, but he’s too busy messaging h…

    Noor Al-Nasr / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Daz

    Made in Qatar

    ‘Daz’ (slang for “race”) is a clear-eyed look at the passion many young Qatari men have for hig…

    Shouq Shaheen / Qatar / 2016 / Short Documentary

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  • Dry Hot Summers

    Ajyal Competition

    A straightforward errand turns into a wild goose chase for an elderly man when he crosses paths…

    Sherif Elbendary / Egypt, Germany / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Dunia

    Made in Qatar

    Nine-year-old Dunia’s mother is on some kind of mission but won’t share the details – then, an…

    Amer Jamhour / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • The Eagle Huntress

    Ajyal Competition, Special Screening

    For centuries, the peoples of Mongolia have captured and trained golden eagles to hunt for them…

    Otto Bell / United Kingdom, United States of America, Mongolia / 2016 / Feature Documentary

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  • Enclave

    Ajyal Competition

    Young Nenad lives in a UN-protected Serbian enclave in Kosovo, where he is taken to school ever…

    Goran Radovanović / Germany, Serbia / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Fatima

    Ajyal Competition

    Fatima is an Algerian immigrant to France who spends all her energy working as a cleaner to car…

    Philippe Faucon / France / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Fire at Sea

    Ajyal Competition

    Over the past 20 years, the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa has been the first stop on the mig…

    Gianfranco Rosi / Italy, France / 2016 / Feature Documentary

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  • Fish

    Ajyal Competition

    Grief-stricken Armando isn’t very happy that he and his father are emigrating to Mexico, but Da…

    Andrew Ruiz / United States of America / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Fragile

    Made in Qatar

    We all know that breaking up is hard to do, but half of this ex-couple is having a lot of troub…

    Khalifa AlMarri / France, Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Gaurav and the Kites

    Ajyal Competition

    Twelve-year-old Gaurav’s life is consumed by designing and making kites. This film explores the…

    André Hörmann / Germany / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    Special Screening

    The zombie apocalypse genre is injected with fresh blood with ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’. Af…

    Colm McCarthy / United Kingdom / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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  • Heer

    Ajyal Competition

    After Heer’s mother dies, she becomes inseparable from Mum’s baby goat, a relationship that hel…

    Honey B Singh / Canada, India, Singapore, United States of America / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Hippo and Juice

    Ajyal Competition

    Pie and juice, juice and pie… That’s all Hippo thinks about, so what will he do when he comes h…

    Alexey Minchenok / Russian Federation / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Ajyal Competition

    It’s Ricky’s last chance to settle down with a foster family before he lands in juvenile detent…

    Taika Waititi / New Zealand / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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  • I Don't Even Like Her

    Ajyal Competition

    Eight-year-old Youssef is in love with his classmate Rana. As summer draws near, he hatches a p…

    Christelle Al-Kayssar / Lebanon / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • I've Just Had a Dream

    Ajyal Competition

    Two girls have very different perspectives on similar dreams in this moving short that reminds…

    Javi Navarro / Spain / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • I, Daniel Blake

    Ajyal Competition

    Nearing retirement but still full of charm and gusto, Daniel Blake recently suffered a heart at…

    Ken Loach / United Kingdom, France, Belgium / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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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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  • Ithaca

    Special Screening

    Celebrated actor Meg Ryan proves herself to be a consummate storyteller in her directorial debu…

    Meg Ryan / United States of America / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Kai

    Ajyal Competition

    In a land of heroes and spirits, Kai and his younger sister Shamui are separated when a freak a…

    Sung-gang Lee / South Korea / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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  • Kashta

    Made in Qatar

    Out in the quiet desert, a father teaches his sons how to hunt, but a careless struggle between…

    A.J. Al Thani / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Kashta

    Ajyal Competition

    Out in the quiet desert, a father teaches his sons how to hunt, but a careless struggle between…

    A.J. Al Thani / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • King's Day

    Ajyal Competition

    It’s the King’s Day holiday in the Netherlands and everyone is celebrating the day off – except…

    Steven Wouterlood / Netherlands / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Life, Animated

    Ajyal Competition

    Diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Owen Suskind learned to understand the world around…

    Roger Ross Williams / United States of America, France / 2016 / Feature Documentary

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  • Listen to the Silence

    Ajyal Competition

    Nine-year-old Luka lives in a boarding school for deaf children. Somewhat hyperactive, the youn…

    Mariam Chachia / Georgia, Qatar / 2016 / Feature Documentary

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  • Love Blood Test

    Made in Qatar

    Baghat and Waneesa passed their love blood test, so all they need now is her father’s blessing.…

    Mostafa Sheshtawy / Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Makh'bz

    Made in Qatar

    The actions of men and machines become a graceful dance as Aisha Al Muhannadi transforms the ma…

    Aisha R. Al Muhannadi / Qatar / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • Mariam

    Ajyal Competition

    When France passes a law that bans Muslim women from wearing headscarves in public institutions…

    Faiza Ambah / France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • More Than Two Days

    Made in Qatar

    In this enigmatic short, director Ahmed Abdelnaser explores how difficult it can be to speak ab…

    Ahmad Abdelnaser / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • More Than Two Days

    Ajyal Competition

    In this enigmatic short, director Ahmed Abdelnaser explores how difficult it can be to speak ab…

    Ahmed Abdelnaser / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Moroshka

    Ajyal Competition

    Everyone in the village is terrified of the wolf who lives in the forest and eats the farmers’…

    Polina Minchenok / Russian Federation / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • The Moustache

    Ajyal Competition

    Two vain men are impressed with their moustaches, but they soon learn the ages-old lesson that…

    Anni Oja / Finland / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale

    Special Screening

    There is much jubilation when Naledi the elephant is born in a safari camp in Botswana – in par…

    Ben Bowie, Geoff Luck / United States of America, Botswana / 2016 / Feature Documentary

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    • Fri, Dec 2, 08:00 PM, KE-SC
  • A New Home

    Ajyal Competition

    A woman is terrorised by her own imagination when she takes up residence in a brand-new apartme…

    Žiga Virc / Slovenia / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Octopus

    Ajyal Competition

    It sure is a breeze in the kitchen when you’ve got eight arms – but what if one of your arms do…

    Julia Ocker / Germany / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Passport

    Made in Qatar

    Reem and Mahmoud want to go to America, but circumstances keep getting in the way in this fast-…

    Dana Almeer / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • The Peacock Who Wanted to Be a Star

    Ajyal Competition

    Alastair badly wants to be a star, but since peacocks don’t have great singing voices, he needs…

    Danielle M. Heitmuller / United States of America / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Perfect Houseguest

    Ajyal Competition

    Stunningly animated and wonderfully comical, ‘Perfect Houseguest’ will make you think twice bef…

    Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter / United States of America / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Pien, Queen of the Bees

    Ajyal Competition

    Pien suffers from bone cancer – and also happens to be the youngest beekeeper in the Netherland…

    Ellen Vloet / Netherlands / 2015 / Short Documentary

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  • The Red Turtle

    Special Screening

    Academy Award-winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit’s first feature-length film is also t…

    Michaël Dudok de Wit / France, Japan / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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  • Riceballs

    Ajyal Competition

    Kenji has lost his wife and Josh has lost his mother, and this father-son duo is not finding it…

    Shingo Usami / Australia / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy

    Ajyal Competition

    This wonderful coming-of-age parable considers the ethics of seemingly innocuous violence in a…

    Oualid Mouaness / Lebanon / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • The Salesman

    Ajyal Competition

    After Emad and Rana have to move out of their apartment, their lives are turned upside-down whe…

    Asghar Farhadi / Iran, France / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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  • Seasons

    Special Screening

    When the last Ice Age ended, the cycle of seasons began again. Vast expanses of woodland unfurl…

    Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud / France, Germany / 2015 / Feature Documentary

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  • Secret Society of Souptown

    Ajyal Competition

    When a villain known only as The Mask poisons most of the adults of their town with a toxin tha…

    Margus Paju / Estonia, Finland / 2015 / Feature Narrative

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  • Shishbarak

    Made in Qatar

    This gentle and humourous film captures the wonderful effects of spending time with loved ones,…

    Bayan Dahdah / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • The Silence

    Ajyal Competition

    A young Kurdish refugee accompanies her mother on a visit to the hospital, but is terrified tha…

    Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi / Italy, France / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Sonita

    Ajyal Competition

    In Tehran, where it is illegal for women to sing, 18-year-old Afghan refugee Sonita dreams of b…

    Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami / Iran, Germany, Switzerland / 2015 / Feature Documentary

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  • The Surprise Party

    Ajyal Competition

    Brilliantly executed old-school claymation tells the story of little Timmy’s special day and th…

    Omnia Abdel Rahman, Shooq Al-Muamen, Baraa AbdelSatar, Mena AbdelSatar, Menatallah Nayel, Hossam Nayel, Maha Al Tamimi, Alya Al Tamimi, Deema Al Hail, Suad Aqel, Joud Aqel / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Tangency

    Ajyal Competition

    Young Hikmat barely makes ends meet by collecting recyclables from dumpsters. When he has a run…

    Bashi Kasawneh / Jordan / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Tiger

    Ajyal Competition

    A tiger painted onto a dinner plate gets hungry, and soon an entire dinner of spaghetti, brocco…

    Kariem Saleh / Germany / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Twice Upon a Time

    Ajyal Competition

    Behind the headlines about the Syrian conflict are children waking up each day as refugees, far…

    Niam Itani / Lebanon / 2016 / Feature Documentary

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  • Um Khalifa

    Made in Qatar

    Khalifa was born with Down Syndrome. This frank conversation with his loving mother looks at he…

    Alanood Al-Kuwari, Noor AlKhaldi / Qatar / 2016 / Short Documentary

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  • Under the Shadow

    Special Screening

    Against the distressing backdrop of the War of the Cities that came soon after the Iranian Revo…

    Babak Anvari / Iran, United Kingdom, Jordan, Qatar / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Waiting Room

    Ajyal Competition

    In ‘The Waiting Room’, Qatari filmmaker Hend Fakhroo tells a story of two young women to explor…

    Hend Fakhroo / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • The Waiting Room

    Made in Qatar

    In ‘The Waiting Room’, Qatari filmmaker Hend Fakhroo tells a story of two young women to explor…

    Hend Fakhroo / Qatar / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Waves '98

    Ajyal Competition

    The complex relationship of contemporary Beirutis to their troubled home city is beautifully im…

    Ely Dagher / Lebanon, Qatar / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Special Screening

    ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl, comes to glorio…

    Mel Stuart / United States of America / 1971 / Feature Narrative

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  • The World of Us

    Ajyal Competition

    Summer break is here, finally! An easygoing friendship grows between 10-year-olds Sun and Jia.…

    Ga-eun Yoon / South Korea / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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  • Yellow

    Ajyal Competition

    In a surprisingly intimate look at everyday life on the streets of Dammam, ‘Yellow’ explores th…

    Mohammed Salman / Saudi Arabia / 2016 / Short Documentary

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