Ajyal Film Festival 2023

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Special Screening, Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Oualid Mouaness / Feature Narrative / Lebanon, United States of America, Norway, Qatar / 2019 / 100 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic, English / Arabic, English subtitles / No Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


A DFI Inclusive Screening

Working in partnership with the Translation and Interpreting Institute of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University—Ajyal Film Festival is delighted to bring our popular inclusive experience back to the silver screen this year with a DFI supported film, Oualid Mouaness’ critically acclaimed ‘1982’.

Visually impaired audiences will be able to view the film through sound alone, with audio description of those visual elements that cannot be understood through voice, music or sound effects. While our viewers who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or have difficulty understanding speech will benefit from enriched subtitles in Arabic and English, as well as sign-language interpretation. By adapting the film to the needs of audiences with different abilities, we hope to make cinema universally accessible.


As the academic year draws to a close in the mountains of Lebanon, eleven-year-old Wissam struggles to pluck up the courage to reveal his true feelings to classmate Joanna. But before he can, and with his school in the midst of their final exams, the air invasions on Beirut begin, and the pupils are to be sent home. However, the imminent danger only makes Wissam even more resolute, as it becomes clear that no one knows what tomorrow will bring.

About the Director

Oualid Mouaness is a Liberian-born producer, writer, and director who grew up in Lebanon. His work traverses narrative and documentary features, music films, music videos and commercials. He looks for material that pushes art and tackles social and human issues. His first feature film as director, '1982', premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 where it won the NETPAC Award and won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at El-Gouna Film Festival in Egypt. The film was selected to represent Lebanon for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards 2020.


Oualid Mouaness
Oualid Mouaness
Georges Schoucair, Oualid Mouaness, Alix Madigan, Myriam Sassine, Christopher Tricarico
Jad Dani Ali Hassan, Sabine El Gemayel
Executive Producer
Rodney Adler, Jessie Creel, Anderson Hinsch, Candice Abela-Mikati, Fouad Mikati, Jorge Takla, Christopher Alender, David A. Smith
Louis Nader, Ingrid Lill Høgtun
Nadim Mishlawi
Brian Rigney Hubbard
Sales Company
WaZabi Films
Production Company
Abbout Productions, Tricycle Logic Mad Dog Films, Barentsfilm, Boo Pictures, Soapbox Films
Rana Eid
Production Company
Tricycle Logic
MC Distribution
Nadine Labaki, Mohamad Dalli, Rodrigue Sleiman, Aliya Khalidi, Ghassan Maalouf, Gia Madi, Lelya Harkous, Said Serhan, Zeina Saab de Melero, Joseph Azoury


  • Main Contact

    Myriam Sassine

    Abbout Productions

  • Production Company

    Abbout Productions

    Abbout Productions
    +961 1 587824

  • Production Company

    Tricycle Logic

    Tricycle Logic

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