Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

It's a Long Way From Amphioxus

Ajyal Competition

Kamal Aljafari / Short Documentary / Germany / 2019 / 15 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Experimental


In a dimly lit immigration centre, with only the glowing red numbers of the queue-management system shining brightly, people patiently wait. Kamal Aljafari’s new short film once again collapses time, questioning the meaning of life in a system in which humanity is reduced to a number and the value of one’s future is measured by applications within grey hallways. In the film’s only moment of dialogue, a bemused Syrian woman turns to a young man and asks him “What are they distributing here?”…“Numbers” he responds.

About the Directors

Kamal Aljafari works with moving and still images, interweaving between fiction, non-fiction, and art. Kamal’s past films include ‘Recollection’ (2015), ‘Port of Memory’ (2009), and ‘The Roof’ (2006). He was a featured artist at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (NYC) and was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center.


Kamal Aljafari
Kamal Aljafari

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