Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

No Leaders Please

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

/ Short Narrative / United States of America / 2020 / 2 min / Colour / DCP / In English / Arabic subtitles / MENA 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.


‘No Leaders Please’ is an eloquently animated film based on a poem about self-discovery and reinvention by Charles Bukowski. The composition is inspired by artists Basquiat, Banksy, Haring, and A Weiwei. Filmmaker Joan Gratz skillfully uses her pioneering technique of “Claypainting”—working directly before the camera, applying bits of clay, blending colours and etching fine lines to create a seamless flow of captivating images.

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