Ajyal Film Festival 2022

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Special Screening, Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Adinah Dancyger / Short Narrative / United States of America / 2019 / 8 min / Colour / DCP / In English / Arabic subtitles / MENA 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.


Transporting an old mattress up several flights of stairs and into a new apartment becomes an absurdist, cinematic one-woman choreography, full of humour and pathos in this wordless vignette of city life. Drawing inspiration from her move after college, Dancyger captures a Sisyphean-like endeavour that is all too familiar to city-dwellers the world over. The short stars the talented Hannah Gross, best known for her role as Debbie Mitford in the Netflix drama ‘Mindhunter’.

About the Director

Adinah Dancyger is a Korean-Polish, first-generation American filmmaker from NYC. Her short films have been screened at various festivals: ‘Moving’ (Slamdance 2020, Grand Jury Award for Narrative Short Film, New York Film Festival 2019). ‘Cheer Up Baby’ (Sundance Film Festival 2018, NYFF 2017), Chopping Onions (Berlinale 2015, Hamptons Film Festival 2015). Dancyger is a fellow of the 2017 New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy and the 20th annual Hamptons Screenwriting Lab.


Adinah Dancyger
Adinah Dancyger
Gabby Green
Adinah Dancyger
Production Designer
Victoria Cronin
Executive Producer
Olmo Schnabel
Mia Cioffi Henry
Production Company
Rod30 Productions
Frankie De Fusco
Eric Brown
Hannah Gross, Richard Vetere, John Wilson, Oda Johnson, Ondine Hudson, Brandon Garcia

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