Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

Night (ليل)

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox

Ahmad Saleh / Short Narrative / Germany, Qatar, Jordan, Palestine / 2021 / 16 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Women, Drama, Middle Eastern, War, Fantasy, Family, Based on a True Story, Children, Arthouse
Middle East Premiere


Based on the true story of a mother the filmmaker met in Palestine, ‘Night’ is a haunting and superbly crafted stop-animation about war, bereavement, and unimaginable sorrow. When the sun sets, and what little warmth and light that is left disappears, Night begins to watch over the people below. But in a city devastated by bombings, it can be difficult to sleep, let alone dream. To ease a women’s anguish, Night tricks her into seeing her missing child one last time.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Ahmad Saleh is an Academy Award-winning writer, director, and art director. His unique storytelling voice is inspired by his engineering studies in the Westbank. Winning a young writers award in Palestine encouraged Ahmad to leave engineering and pursue a career in filmmaking instead. His debut film, ‘House’ (2012), came runner up in the German Short Film Awards, and his second film, ‘Ayny’ (2016), won an Academy Award. His third short film is ‘Night’, had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival.


Ahmad Saleh
Ahmad Saleh
Jessica Neubauer, Saleh Saleh, Fabian Driehorst
Production Company
ses-Studio, Fabian&Fred

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