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Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2017

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Runtime: 93 min

What is a ‘home’? This programme of international short films questions the concept, exploring its challenges and its relevance to our lives today.


  • 1001 Days

    Ajyal Competition

    Within a traditional fairy-tale structure, this animated short addresses eternal issues like sacrifice, equali…

    Aisha Al-Jaidah / Qatar / 2017 / Short Narrative

  • Hedgehog's Home

    Ajyal Competition

    There’s no place like home – and Hedgehog’s den is his castle. Hedgehog commands the respect of the other anim…

    Eva Cvijanović / Canada, Croatia / 2017 / Short Narrative

  • The Switchman

    Ajyal Competition

    Each time a train arrives at a remote station, the switchman catches a glimpse of his beloved – but in his dul…

    Mehdi Khorramain / Iran / 2017 / Short Narrative

  • Our Time Is Running Out

    Ajyal Competition

    In a blissful alternate universe, a society of children lives according to strict rules, and deviation from th…

    Meriem Mesraoua / Qatar / 2017 / Short Narrative

  • Mare Nostrum

    Ajyal Competition

    On the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, a Syrian man does something that risks his young daughter’s life. What…

    Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf / France, Syria / 2016 / Short Narrative

  • Nanuuq

    Ajyal Competition

    Changes in the global environment are melting the globe’s ice caps, and the stunningly animated ‘Nanuuq’ lamen…

    Jim Lachasse / France / 2016 / Short Narrative

  • Dead Horses

    Ajyal Competition

    ‘Dead Horses’ presents a vision of wartime on the ground from the point of view of a bewildered child. But eve…

    Marc Riba, Anna Solanas / Spain / 2016 / Short Narrative

  • Scrambled

    Ajyal Competition

    ‘Scrambled’ pairs up the tactile joys of the Rubik’s Cube with the whiz-bang of contemporary video games to de…

    Bastiaan Schravendeel / Netherlands / 2017 / Short Narrative

  • When I Hear the Birds Sing

    Ajyal Competition

    The dreams of youths from Côte d’Ivoire are expressed as bright scenes against the horrors they experienced du…

    Trine Vallevik Håbjørg / Norway / 2016 / Short Narrative

  • Perched

    Ajyal Competition

    A ship’s captain lives in a submarine, which is inexplicably perched on top of a mountain. When a seagull thre…

    Liam Harris / United Kingdom / 2016 / Short Narrative

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