Ajyal Film Festival 2023

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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 born in Cairo. He worked on several independent films; and collaborated as an executive director for 'Souad'—official selection at Cannes Film Festival 2020 and Berlinale; Panorama section. Mostafa wrote and directed three short films, all of them selected for Clermont-Ferrand in three consecutive years and participated in other major festivals such as BFI London, Palm Springs, Shanghai, Thessaloniki, Stockholm, Karlovy Vary, BAFICI Buenos Aires, FIFF Namur, Cinemed Montpellier, Durban, Cairo, EL Gouna, and Carthage and won more than 35 international awards. He is currently working on his first feature film and was selected at Rotterdam Lab IFFR, alongside being a La Fabrique Cinema in Festival Du Cannes Alumni.


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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