Ajyal Film Festival 2022

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Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

Hassan Al-Jahni / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2020 / 7 min
In Arabic
Interests: Animation
Qatar Premiere


Young Fatima is heartbroken to discover her ailing grandmother and attempts to harness the magical powers of a local Ramadan drummer to make her better. Despite her best efforts, her grandmother peacefully passes away in her sleep—transformed into a benevolent, Emsahar. Tears of joy replace tears of sorrow as Fatima says a final goodbye to her beloved grandmother, watching in awe as she marches away, drumming and singing into the dawn light.

About the Directors

Hassan Al-Jahni is a Qatari filmmaker. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Media, Industries, and Technologies and a concentration in film and Middle Eastern studies. Intrigued by animation and worldbuilding, he wrote and directed his first animated short ‘Emsahar’. His work is inspired by local and regional culture and a need to bring Arab stories to the forefront of global cinema. Currently, Al-Jahni is pursuing his MFA in Film and Television at USC.


Hassan Al-Jahni
Hassan Al-Jahni
Ben Robinson
Animation Company: Regh Animation & Design

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