Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Special Screening

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Ayman Jamal, Khurram H. Alavi / Feature Narrative / United Arab Emirates / 2015 / 115 min / Colour / DCP2K
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Animation, Adventure, Family
World Premiere


In a dreamlike vision, mysterious dark riders mounted on demonic black horses bear down upon a village. Nearby, little Bilal dreams of being a great warrior as he gallops along on his hobbyhorse. The riders come closer – are they real? Or are they just a figment of the youngster’s extraordinary imagination?

Suddenly, Bilal’s dream becomes a nightmare. The men on horseback kill his mother and take him captive along with Ghufaira, his sister, and they are soon sold as slaves to Umayya, the wealthiest merchant in all of Arabia. Bilal never forgets this terrible day, which haunts his sleep for years to come. But the echoes of his mother’s gentle voice stay with him, a constant reminder that to break free of the chains that enslave him, he must be resolute in determining his own destiny.

Four years in the making and involving creative talents from 22 countries, ‘Bilal’ is the first animated feature from Dubai-based Barajoun Studios. Combining a wonderful script inspired by the story of Bilal bin Rabah, impeccable research and breathtaking animation technology, this inspiring story of faith, hope and self-discovery is sure to echo for generations to come.

About the Directors

Khurram H. Alavi spent the last two years working with Barajoun Entertainment to adapt the inspiring story of 'Bilal'. In addition to his scriptwriting and directing abilities, Khurram is also a digital sculptor and character artist, and has designed products for Marvel, Disney, Warner Bros., Sega and SONY.


Ayman Jamal, Khurram H. Alavi
Khurram Alavi, Alex Kronemer, Michael Wolfe, Yassin Kamel
Ayman Jamal
Patricia Heneine
Executive Producer
Arif Jilani
Atli Örvarsson
Ajdin Durakovic, Nareg Kalenderian
Production Company
Barajoun Studios
Gulf Film LLC
Ian Mcshane, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Andre Robinson, Jacob Latimore, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, China Anne McClain

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