Ajyal Film Festival 2023

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Olayan (عليان)

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar, Ajyal at Vox, Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Khalifa Al-Marri / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2021 / 18 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic / Arabic, English subtitles / Home 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 Bedouin boy named Hamad forms a strong bond with a newborn camel, who he calls Olayan. When Olayan is later sold to market by his father, young Hamad embarks on a daring mission to rescue his best friend. Set in 1990s Qatar, ‘Olayan’ is a moving portrait of a young boy on the cusp of adolescence. The film tenderly captures the nuanced relationship between father and son as Hamad begins to establish his sense of self and independence.

About the Director

Khalifa Al-Marri is a visual artist and filmmaker who has made several contributions to the fine arts community in Qatar. Al-Marri holds a degree in communications from Qatar University and a diploma in directing from NYFA. His debut short film, ‘Man of the House’, premiered at Ajyal in 2015 and received multiple awards on the festival circuit. His short entitled ‘Fragile’ participated in DFI’s exchange with La Fémis workshop in Paris. Khalifa recently completed an experimental short film called ‘Embodiment’ before writing and directing ‘Olayan’, which was produced through DFI’s Qatari Film Fund.


Khalifa Al-Marri
Khalifa Al-Marri
Basel Owies
Abdul Jabbar Maki
Production Designer
Lauren McCarthy
Ian Coad
Falah Hannoun
Saleh Salem Al Marri, Ali Naji Al Marri, Mohammed Al Sunni, Mishaal Al Dosari, Maryam Hayati


  • Main Contact

    Khalifa Al-Marri

    Independent Filmmaker

  • Main Contact

    Qatari Film Fund

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