Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Amphitheater (Al Masrah Al Makshouf)

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

Mahdi Ali Ali / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2018 / 16 min / Colour / DCP
In No Dialogue
Interests: Dark Comedy


Sarah, a professional Qatari photographer, happens upon a rebellious young girl and her family. She follows them as they take photos with the murals that adorn the walls of the cultural village. Fascinated by the girl’s increasingly defiant behaviour, Sarah captures her mini-rebellion in candid portraits. Testing our father's patience to the limit, the girl escapes through the corridors and doorways to the imposing Amphitheatre with Sarah in tow.

About the Directors

Mahdi Ali Ali is a Qatari filmmaker who is charged with the training and education of filmmakers. Since joining the Doha Film Institute, he has successfully worked to provide filmmakers in Qatar with comprehensive learning initiatives led by the industry’s major players. He is the executive producer and supervisor for more than 30 short films that have been produced by the Institute. He holds an MFA from EICAR, the International Film School of Paris, and has made short films including ‘Champs Elysées, I Love You’ (2009) and ‘The Gulf Habibi’ (2011), as well as others for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel.


Mahdi Ali Ali
Mahdi Ali Ali
Basel Owies
Youssef Al Madadi
Yasser Mostafa
Lama Sawaya
Assistant Director
Bashar Al Kasawneh, Abdullah Al Mulla
Abdulla Ghaifan, Sana Al Habib, Gianina Panameno, Kholood Ahmed, Noor Deeb, Zoya

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