Ajyal Film Festival 2023

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Kenya's Symphony

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Katara

Carlos Douglas Jr / Short Narrative / United States of America / 2019 / 5 min / Colour / DCP
In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles
Interests: Animation
MENA Premiere


Kenya, a young girl, is reluctantly dragged to a symphony by her mother only to discover a new passion blossoming within. Enchanted by the music, Kenya’s imagination soars with the whimsical notes in a colourful epiphany. After the piece’s conclusion, Kenya is triumphantly declared the newest and youngest patron of the orchestra. This animated short is a touching story about the power of a young mind and how it can discover inspiration in the most unlikely of places.

About the Directors

Carlos Douglas Jr is an animator, director and producer. Born and raised in Chicago, Carlos began creating art at a very young age and continued his study into adulthood. He is a spring 2020 graduate of Columbia College Chicago under the Interactive Arts and Media program, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Traditional Animation. He is also the producer of the animated short ‘Buster and Jamson’ as part of the Animation Production Studio course at Columbia.


Carlos Douglas Jr
Carlos Douglas Jr
Michael Van Bodegom Smith
Ryan Felberbaum, Alyy Gill
Liam Rice

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