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Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2017


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  • Adele

    Ajyal Competition

    Faced with a serious legal problem, a child bride’s family decides on a terrible solution. ‘Ade…

    Mirene Igwabi / Australia / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • All of Us

    Ajyal Competition

    Attacks by Al-Shabaab in Kenya have led to an increase of mistrust between the nation’s Christi…

    Katja Benrath / Kenya, Germany / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Banned Bodies

    Ajyal Competition

    In danger at home, unwelcome on the European continent, not permitted to travel to the UK, refu…

    Jérémie Reichenbach / France / 2016 / Short Documentary

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  • The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

    Ajyal Competition

    Welcome to the Honeysuckle Theatre playhouse, where a troupe of animal actors presents three pl…

    Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert / France / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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  • Birds Like Us

    Ajyal Competition

    In the middle of a vast desert where The Horror holds sway, a society of flightless birds is tu…

    Faruk Šabanović, Amela Ćuhara / Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Qatar / 2017 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Breadwinner

    Ajyal Competition, Special Screening

    Parvana lives with her family in war-torn Kabul. When her father is arrested by the authorities…

    Nora Twomey / Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg / 2017 / Feature Narrative

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  • The Burden

    Ajyal Competition

    Perhaps the first stop-motion animation, existential black comedy/musical film on record, ‘The…

    Niki Lindroth von Bahr / Sweden / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Cargo

    Ajyal Competition

    When little Abboudi and his grandfather are left behind by the truck they are travelling in, th…

    Karim Rahbani / Lebanon, Cyprus, France / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Chaos Antidote

    Ajyal Competition

    The ever-changing urban landscape of Doha is dreamily contemplated in this wordless, documentar…

    Hadeer Omar, Idris Elhassan / Qatar / 2017 / Short Documentary

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  • Embodiment

    Ajyal Competition

    A poetic reflection of Qatar’s becoming a sophisticated nation of wealth and influence while re…

    Khalifa AlMarri / Qatar / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Even When I Fall

    Special Screening

    Sold by their parents into Indian circuses, some Nepali children are trained in acrobatics and…

    Kate McLarnon, Sky Neal / United Kingdom / 2017 / Feature Documentary

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  • I Have Been Watching You All Along

    Ajyal Competition

    A girl explores the forgotten memories of an abandoned cinema through a trancelike journey into…

    Rawda Al-Thani / Qatar / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • In This Corner of the World

    Special Screening

    The atomic bombings of Japan are among the great abominations of World War II. ‘In this Corner…

    Sunao Katabuchi / Japan / 2016 / Feature Narrative

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  • Loving Vincent

    Ajyal Competition

    Few artists hold such a significant place as Vincent van Gogh, who produced about 2,100 works o…

    Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman / United Kingdom, Poland, Qatar / 2017 / Feature Narrative

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  • Made in Qatar Shabab - Presented by Occidental Petroleum

    Special Screening

    Featuring shorts made by the youngest generation of local talent.

    / / / Film Programme

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  • My Second Eye

    Ajyal Competition

    When their family is displaced by conflict, two young boys rely on their mother’s strength to r…

    Ahmad Saleh / Germany, Jordan, Palestine / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • The Seventh Summit

    Special Screening

    In the world of mountain climbing, the Seven Summits Challenge is a premier mountaineering adve…

    Elia Youssef / Qatar / 2016 / Feature Documentary

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  • Silence

    Ajyal Competition

    In a fanatical dictatorship, perpetual silence is mandatory – even the jangle of a bracelet can…

    Chadi Aoun / Lebanon / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Totems

    Ajyal Competition

    A strapping lumberjack heads into the forest with his chainsaw to fell some trees to be used fo…

    Paul Jadoul / France, Belgium / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Tough

    Ajyal Competition

    In ‘Tough’, a daughter examines the fallout of her mother’s youth, when she experienced the mas…

    Jennifer Zheng / United Kingdom / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Tracks

    Ajyal Competition

    A mother sobs in a taxi, holding her young son in her arms. Something terrible has happened – b…

    Elina Fessa / Greece / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Train to Peace

    Ajyal Competition

    An Iraqi man considers his nation’s recent past, when its people have been stripped of their af…

    Jakob Weyde, Jost Althoff / Germany / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Walking Out

    Ajyal Competition

    Fourteen-year-old David and his estranged dad Cal are reunited for the first time in a year whe…

    Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith / United States of America / 2017 / Feature Narrative

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