Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2014


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  • #chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes On a Dictator

    Bader - ages 18+

    ‘#chicagoGirl’ follows a young Syrian woman as she assists the revolution in her home country –…

    Joe Piscatella / United States of America, Syria / 2013 / Feature Documentary

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  • 10%

    Made in Qatar

    A young man is obsessed with his mobile phone, but when it gets him into all kinds of trouble,…

    Yousef AlMoadhadi / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • 5m80

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if a herd of giraffes was let loose in an aquatic cent…

    Nicolas Deveaux / France / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • 7amood Kahraba

    Hilal - ages 13+

    7amood’s obsession with electricity – more specifically, with using as much of it as he possibl…

    Mohammed Abdulla Shaheen / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • 7amood Kahraba

    Made in Qatar

    7amood’s obsession with electricity – more specifically, with using as much of it as he possibl…

    Mohammed Abdulla Shaheen / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • After My Death

    Made in Qatar

    The soul of a recently deceased young woman pays a visit to her mother, her husband and her gir…

    Mohamed AlHammadi / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Amreeka Laa!

    Bader - ages 18+

    Yousif wants to go to university in New York City, but his father is adamantly opposed to the i…

    Hind Al-Ansari / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Amreeka Laa!

    Made in Qatar

    Yousif wants to go to university in New York City, but his father is adamantly opposed to the i…

    Hind Al-Ansari / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Antboy

    Special Screening

    Twelve-year-old Pelle’s life changes forever when he is bitten by an ant that has escaped from…

    Ask Hasselbalch / Denmark / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Bear Story

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Stunningly constructed, ‘Bear Story’ is the award-winning, poignant tale of a melancholy bear w…

    Gabriel Osorio / Chile / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Between You and Me

    Hilal - ages 13+

    A teenager’s fear of rejection is so debilitating that it takes the form of a threatening prese…

    Quentin Haberham, Henry Brummelman, Rutgher Jousma / Netherlands, The / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Big Dream

    Made in Qatar

    Mohamed is a ten-year old Algerian boy born in Qatar who hopes to become a champion swimmer. ‘B…

    Nadia Tebib / Qatar / 2014 / Short Documentary

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  • Bobby

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Bobby is the cutest dog ever so when he and eight-year-old Farès cross paths, the two immediate…

    Mehdi Mokhtar Barsaoui / Tunisia / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • The Boy and the World

    Special Screening

    Cuca lives happily in the countryside, but when his father embarks for the capital in search of…

    Alê Abreu / Brazil / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Caminandes: Llama Drama

    Bariq - ages 4+

    A llama comes to the side of a highway. But every time a hoof touches the asphalt, the empty ro…

    Pablo Vazquez / Netherlands, The / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Carrot Crave

    Bariq - ages 4+

    A rabbit goes to the vegetable patch in search of lunch and is overjoyed to find the world’s bi…

    Vernon James C. Manlapaz / Philippines, Canada / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • A Ceremony for a Friend

    Bader - ages 18+

    Mansour has gone too far this time, so his friends decide he must be punished in this brilliant…

    Kaveh Ebrahimpour / Iran / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Chicken

    Hilal - ages 13+

    It’s 1993 and the siege of Sarajevo is in full swing. Today is Selma’s sixth birthday and, unab…

    Una Gunjak / Germany, Croatia / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Chickens

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Chickens don’t fly … or do they? This clever animated film shows us that, in the movies, anythi…

    Sotir Gelev / Bulgaria / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • Coucou

    Made in Qatar

    When an upstairs neighbour’s laundry lands on her balcony, 80-year-old Samira’s fragile mental…

    Meriem Mesraoua / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Difret

    Bader - ages 18+

    Hirut, a bright 14-year-old girl, was kidnapped on her way home from school. Trying to escape,…

    Zeresenay Mehari / Ethiopia / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • Dinola

    Bader - ages 18+

    In a far-flung Georgian village, custom dictates that a widow must marry the first man who dema…

    Mariam Khatchvani / Georgia / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Don't Leave Me

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Layla is diabetic and is gradually losing her sight. Aisha suffers from a different condition:…

    Khalid Al Mahmood / United Arab Emirates / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Exit

    Hilal - ages 13+

    It’s been a long day at work for Mike, and now he just wants to jump in his car so he can go ho…

    Cardin Phua / Malaysia / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Faridullah's Day Off

    Special Screening

    Eleven-year-old Faridullah and his family live in a brick factory in Afghanistan, where they wo…

    Jens Pedersen / Denmark, Afghanistan / 2013 / Short Documentary

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  • Finn

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Life is quiet for young Finn and his widower father until the day a crow leads Finn to an aband…

    Frans Weisz / Netherlands, The, Belgium / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Fire in Our Hearts

    Special Screening

    Until the late 1970s, illegal slavery affected many tribespeople in India. Activism secured the…

    Jayshree Janu Kharpade / India, United States of America / 2013 / Short Documentary

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  • For Your Own Good

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Brahim is a not exactly a model student. He doesn’t study, skips class, and causes all sorts of…

    Ibtissem Guerda / France / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Gente de Bien

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Ten-year-old Eric and his father face eviction from their home in a poor quarter of Bogota. A w…

    Franco Lolli / Colombia, France / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Giant Carrot

    Bariq - ages 4+

    If everyone works together, that giant carrot in the garden will make a tasty addition to the s…

    Pascale Hecquet / France / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • He Will Steal It

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    When a young boy sees a driver leave his mobile phone in the car without locking it, temptation…

    Abdulaziz Al-Saadi / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • He Will Steal It

    Made in Qatar

    When a young boy sees a driver leave his mobile phone in the car without locking it, temptation…

    Abdulaziz Al-Saadi / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Hear This!

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Tristan’s father is deaf, and also happens to be an amazing football player. His dream is to co…

    Soulaima El Khaldi / Netherlands, The / 2013 / Short Documentary

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  • Helium

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Alfred, a young hospital patient who loves hot-air balloons and dirigibles, thinks going to Hea…

    Anders Walter / Denmark / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Hijabi Girls

    Bader - ages 18+

    Convinced that ‘hijabi girls love fashion’, designer Barjis Chohan has launched a line of cloth…

    Nada Al-Hudaid / United Kingdom / 2013 / Short Documentary

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  • Hind's Dream

    Made in Qatar

    Hind, a young bedouin woman, spends weeks alone while her husband is away. Their tent is her en…

    Suzannah Mirghani / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Special Screening

    Set sixty years before Frodo’s escapades in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Hobbit’ recounts the…

    Peter Jackson / United States of America, New Zealand / 2012 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Special Screening

    Set sixty years before Frodo’s escapades in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Hobbit’ recounts the…

    Peter Jackson / United States of America, New Zealand / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Ice Cream

    Special Screening

    Eleven-year-old Rojhat is incorrigible at the best of times, but when the ice cream man visits…

    Serhat Karaaslan / Turkey / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • If I Had Wings

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Alex has a big dream: to run with his school’s cross-country team. There are a few things stand…

    Allan Harmon / Canada / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Ignorant

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    It’s a big day for seven-year-old Hussein. He gets up early and instructs his driver to take hi…

    Yousef Al-Abdullah / Kuwait / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • In August

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Six-year-old Margaux wakes up early and sees her father packing boxes into his car. Her mother…

    Jenna Hasse / Switzerland / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Inside Out: The People's Art Project

    Special Screening

    After winning the TED prize in 2011, French photographer JR expressed his wish to “change the w…

    Alastair Siddons / France, United Kingdom / 2013 / Feature Documentary

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  • Jack

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Jack is made of junk, but he’s missing part of an arm. He searches for something to replace it,…

    Quentin Haberham / Netherlands, The / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

    Special Screening

    Since its publication in 1923, Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’, has been a classic…

    Roger Allers with Joan Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Paul Brizzi, Gaëtan Brizzi, Tomm Moore, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton, Nina Paley, Michal Socha / Canada, France, Lebanon, Qatar, United States of America / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • Keys of Heaven

    Bader - ages 18+

    During the Iran-Iraq war, 15-year-old Majid is forced into a terrible situation in order to do…

    Hamy Ramezan / Finland, Turkey / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Kiburi

    Bariq - ages 4+

    A young lion cub is lost in the wilderness, but a simple act of kindness may be the key to find…

    Justin Melillo / United States of America / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Kings and Queens of Qatar

    Made in Qatar

    ‘Kings and Queens of Qatar’ focuses on Qatar’s women’s chess team, the nation’s first generatio…

    Shamir Allibhai / Qatar / 2014 / Short Documentary

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  • Koshk

    Hilal - ages 13+

    In a desolate mountain landscape, an old woman carrying kindling on her shoulders suddenly fain…

    Abdulla Al Kaabi / United Arab Emirates / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Little Matryoshka

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Every family has a rebel who refuses to play by the rules, and Little Matryoshka, the smallest…

    Serin Inan, Tolga Yildiz / Turkey / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    Special Screening

    ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy follows the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and several friends emba…

    Peter Jackson / United States of America, New Zealand / 2001 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Special Screening

    ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy follows the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and several friends emba…

    Peter Jackson / United States of America, New Zealand / 2003 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Special Screening

    ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy follows the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and several friends emba…

    Peter Jackson / United States of America, New Zealand / 2002 / Feature Narrative

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  • Lumière

    Made in Qatar

    An abstract symphony of images that plays on the stark contrast between light and shadow, open…

    Aisha Abduljawad / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Macondo

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Ramasan, an 11-year-old Chechen boy, lives in Macondo, a refugee camp near Vienna. He does his…

    Sudabeh Mortezai / Austria / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Mia

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    In the incredibly busy train station of an incredibly busy metropolis, little Mia manages to di…

    Wouter Bongaerts / Belgium, Netherlands, The / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Monsters

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Saving water and conserving energy are as easy as flipping a switch … but some people seem to n…

    Nesma Sherif, Islam Sherif / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Monsters

    Made in Qatar

    Saving water and conserving energy are as easy as flipping a switch … but some people seem to n…

    Nesma Sherif, Islam Sherif / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Mr Grab Funfair

    Bariq - ages 4+

    This delicate animated film places us in the place of a funfair robot, showing us that in life,…

    Julien Chéry / France / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Mr Hublot

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    In a world populated by clattering clockwork machines, Mr Hublot lives in an oasis of meticulou…

    Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares / Luxembourg, France / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • My Little Croco

    Bariq - ages 4+

    Mr. Croco’s life changes forever when he finds himself looking after an unusual baby. Charming…

    Étienne Bagot-Caspar, Yohan Cohen, François Mancone, Maïckel Pasta, Milian Topsy / France / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • My Little Moon

    Bariq - ages 4+

    The night sky becomes a wondrous sea of adventure for a little girl who travels to the moon in…

    Kim So-young / South Korea / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • New Day

    Made in Qatar

    An ill woman faithfully prays for assistance until, one day, she receives news that will change…

    Ali Ali / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Nieta

    Bader - ages 18+

    A little girl living in a black-and-white world experiences the the joy of a summer’s day in th…

    Nicolás Villarreal / Argentina / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Nostalgist

    Bader - ages 18+

    A technological illusion conceals the ugly reality of the futuristic world of Vanille, where a…

    Giacomo Cimini / United Kingdom, Italy / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Now Showing

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    It’s 1983 in Kuwait when young film buff Mishari introduces his pal Abdulrahman to the magic of…

    Abdullah Al Daihani / Kuwait / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • A Picture

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Twelve-year-old Abdullah loves photography, so when his father gives him a new camera to reward…

    Dawood Shuail / Kuwait / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Poet Against Prejudice

    Special Screening

    Seventeen-year-old Faiza Almontaser emigrated with her family from Yemen to New York City when…

    Faiza Almontaser / United States of America / 2014 / Short Documentary

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  • Public Phone

    Made in Qatar

    Four people from different backgrounds make calls to all corners of the globe and show they are…

    Leena Al-musalmani, Ethar Hassaan / Qatar / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Qarar

    Bader - ages 18+

    The suspenseful tale of a young married couple trying to survive an epidemic that has turned th…

    Ali Al Anssari / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Qarar

    Made in Qatar

    The suspenseful tale of a young married couple trying to survive an epidemic that has turned th…

    Ali Al Anssari / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Rabbit and Deer

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Rabbit and Deer are best buddies, happily living in a two-dimensional world of line drawings –…

    Péter Vácz / Hungary / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Reasons Why You Need to Conserve Water and Electricity

    Made in Qatar

    This film dispenses precious information about water and electricity consumption, giving us som…

    Tala Abu Samaan, Hessa al Muhannadi / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Roommates

    Bariq - ages 4+

    A guitar-playing hare and an electro-disco-loving grizzly bear share a house, with hilariously…

    Sandrine Minatchi, Maureen Rigaud, Fabien Leclerc / France / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • The Runaway

    Bader - ages 18+

    Sabrina, a troubled teenager, has a court date today, and her lawyer and her probation officer…

    Jean-Bernard Marlin / France / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Secure the Future

    Made in Qatar

    Through clever editing, this smart animated short forces us to consider important issues like w…

    Hadil Al Marzouki / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars

    Bader - ages 18+

    Sixteen-year-old Sepideh has a dream: she wants to study astronomy and become an astronaut. Her…

    Berit Madsen / Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Iran / 2013 / Feature Documentary

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  • Shackled

    Bader - ages 18+

    Emilia Clarke (‘Game of Thrones’) stars in this tale of a woman’s plan to flee with her husband…

    Nour Wazzi / United Kingdom / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Sink or Swim

    Hilal - ages 13+

    In the strange atmosphere of an empty, abandoned swimming pool, friends Yinka and Glenn come ac…

    Michiel Vaanhold / Netherlands, The / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • Song of the Sea

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Six-year-old Saoirse and her brother live with their father in a lighthouse. When they discover…

    Tomm Moore / Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, France / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • Speed Sisters

    Special Screening

    Meet Marah, Mona, Betty, Noor and Maysoon – the first all-woman rally-racing team in the Middle…

    Amber Fares / Palestine, United States of America, Qatar / 2014 / Feature Documentary

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  • The Storyteller

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    In a beautiful palace, the son of the king spends his days reading books. When he comes of age…

    Ghada Terawi / Palestine / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Strings

    Mohaq - ages 8+

    Most of his classmates think the new kid at school is kind of weird – he’s in a wheelchair and…

    Pedro Solís García / Spain / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Sunshine Egg

    Bariq - ages 4+

    When one hen defies the neverending daily routine of the battery farm, she discovers the joy fr…

    Michael Haas / Germany / 2012 / Short Narrative

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  • SuperBot - A Magnifying Mess

    Bariq - ages 4+

    When a robot gets out his trusty magnifying glass to get a better look at a tiny creature, he f…

    Pablo Alberto Díaz, Gervasio Rodríguez Traverso / Argentina / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • T Boy

    Bader - ages 18+

    An IT professional ends up in a job making tea in this crushing film that sheds unforgiving lig…

    Maryam Al Sahli / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • T Boy

    Made in Qatar

    An IT professional ends up in a job making tea in this crushing film that sheds unforgiving lig…

    Maryam Al Sahli / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Takrir

    Made in Qatar

    A Korean refrigerator, a German toilet, a French washing machine and a Chinese lamp teach us an…

    Ghassan Kairouz / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya

    Special Screening

    A bamboo cutter finds a baby girl in the folds of a bamboo shoot and brings her home to his wif…

    Isao Takahata / Japan / 2013 / Feature Narrative

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  • Temsah

    Made in Qatar

    ‘Temsah’ follows Abdulaziz as he prepares to visit Dubai’s comic convention, where he hopes to…

    Latifa Al-Darwish, Rouda Al-Meghaiseeb / Qatar / 2013 / Short Documentary

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  • Theeb

    Hilal - ages 13+

    In 1916, in a Bedouin encampment in the Arabian desert, Theeb and his elder brother Hussein go…

    Naji Abu Nowar / Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • TrueLoveStory

    Bader - ages 18+

    The romantic excesses of Bollywood meet life on the mean streets of an Indian metropolis when a…

    Gitanjali Rao / India / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • Whiplash

    Bader - ages 18+

    An ambitious young drummer clashes with his ferocious instructor at a cutthroat music academy.…

    Damien Chazelle / United States of America / 2014 / Feature Narrative

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  • Wooden Hand

    Hilal - ages 13+

    Amira doesn’t like going to kottab to learn the Holy Qur’an, because she has a mean teacher and…

    Kaouther Ben Hania / Tunisia / 2013 / Short Narrative

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  • dRAIN

    Hilal - ages 13+

    This clever video shows that conserving water – one of the world’s most precious resources – is…

    Papanapattu Ganesh, Imad Hachem / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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  • dRAIN

    Made in Qatar

    This clever video shows that conserving water – one of the world’s most precious resources – is…

    Papanapattu Ganesh, Imad Hachem / Qatar / 2014 / Short Narrative

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