Ajyal Film Festival 2022

Ajyal Film Festival 2021

All Ajyal Film Festival 2021 Films

Khadiga (خديجة)

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Morad Mostafa / Short Narrative / Egypt, France / 2021 / 20 min / Colour / DCP2K / In Arabic / English subtitles / Gulf Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.


Khadiga, a young mother of just 17 years of age, is left to raise her child alone when her husband moves away to find work in another city. Moving through the hustle and bustle of Cairo streets, her deteriorating state of mind leads her to make an unimaginable decision. The film deals with isolation and mental health and is the final part of a film series, featuring three mothers of different ages, nationalities and social backgrounds who experience social pressures.

About the Director

Morad Mostafa is an Egyptian filmmaker who started his career as an Assistant Director on various independent films. He collaborated as an Executive Director on ‘Souad’, which was part of the official selection for Cannes Film Festival 2020 and Berlinale 2021. He has written and directed two short films, ’Henet Ward’ and ‘What We Don’t Know About Mariam’. Both had their world premieres at Clermont-Ferrand and have been selected in other major festivals, winning more than 30 international awards.


Morad Mostafa
Morad Mostafa, Mohamed Mamdouh
Safei Eldin Mahmoud, Sawsan Yusuf
Mohamed Mamdouh
Executive Producer
Islam El Dakhakhny
Jerome Blesson, Jean-Loup Pochoy, Flore Cavigneaux, Sherif Fathy, Mohamed Eid, Morad Mostafa
Mostafa El Kashef
Sales Company
Lights On
Production Company
Red Star Films, Bonanza Films
Gilles Benardeau
Assistant Director
Fatima Fawzi
Lights On
Malak Tarek, Fatima Fawzi, Zizi Moustafa, Ayman Abdelaziz

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