Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

It's Nice In Here

Ajyal Competition

Robert-Jonathan Koeyers / Short Animation / Netherlands / 2022 / 16 min / Colour
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Animation


A fragmented portrait of a boy nicknamed Crimson, seen through the eyes of the police officer that took his life and his best friend who witnessed it all. The film explores how stories surrounding police brutality get told. With two opposing narratives being presented, we are reminded that we are constantly swimming in a carefully curated reality where we must continually question our own subjective biases, in the faint hope of discovering the objective truth.

About the Directors

Robert-Jonathan Koeyers is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker. He studied animation at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where he graduated with an experimental film titled 'Here: A Visual Poem'. Throughout the years, he has been using film, photography, animation, and music to help turn his stories into deeply personal projects that aim to unpack how his Blackness has shaped and moulded him into the person he is—and aim to explore how the lived experiences of Black people can be told in an authentic and vulnerable way.


Robert-Jonathan Koeyers
Robert-Jonathan Koeyers
Richard Valk
Production Company
Valk Productions
Rik Nieuwdorp
Federico Solazzo
Kapitein Kort
Anka Ferris, Henry Brinkerhoff, Kevin Strickland

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