Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

Palestinian Shorts Programme - Under the Lemon Tree (Under the Lemon Tree)

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

Noor Al-Asswad / Short Documentary / Qatar, Palestine / 2020 / 10 min / Colour
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Identity
Domestic Premiere


An exiled Palestinian woman sits under the shade of a lemon tree, retreating into her memories of early life in her homeland.

About the Directors

Noor Al-Asswad is a budding Palestinian filmmaker whose works explore the multidirectional connections between memory, identity, loss, history, home, longing, land, and heritage. She was born and raised in Syria until she had to leave in 2012 due to the political turmoil. Her raw and earnest style invites the viewer to jump through time and perspective. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication in 2018, and Her previous works include 'Noah' (2018) and 'Samha' (2017).


Noor Al-Asswad
Yassmine Hammoudi
Yasser Mustafa, Mesa Prum
Severin Faviau, Falah Hannoun

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