Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

Beit Byoot (بيت بيوت)

Special Screening

Mayar Hamdan / Short Narrative / Jordan, Qatar / 2019 / 7 min / Colour
In Arabic
Interests: Coming of age, Social Issues, Identity, Children
No Premiere


Set in a dystopian dollhouse, Jameela, a friendly little girl wants nothing more than to fit in with the other girls in the house. But as she doesn’t look like all of the carbon-copied girls that play there, she is cavalierly rejected by them. That’s when she meets odd Yasmine and ultimately, must choose between true friendship and being an outcast or fake friendships and fitting in.

Audio described by Marwa Serry
Voiced by Rama Al Zoubi
Arabic and English trans-adaptation done by Omama Osman

About the Directors

A Palestinian multimedia storyteller, filmmaker and visual artist, Mayar Hamdan has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from video games to films. Hamdan’s work is defined as the interdisciplinary exploration of immigration, displacement and feminist themes. Hamdan attained a BS in Media Industries and Technology at Northwestern University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Art and Technology at CalArts. She worked for multiple mobile gaming companies as an interactive story developer and animator in Barcelona, Spain. Additionally, she worked on the Doha Film Institute’s Film Training and Development team. During that time, Hamdan directed, wrote and produced several independent projects. She is currently Creative Director of FilmMENA and Studio 20Q’s Industry Advisor.


Mayar Hamdan
Mayar Hamdan
Ghouna Jaber
Maryam Al Sahli, Amit Chowdhury
Associate Producer
Dana Atrach, Mohammed Fakhro, Quay Chu
Executive Producer
Maryam Al Khulaifi
Shadi Chaaban
Falah Hannoun

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