Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

My Hero (Batali)

Special Screening

Nora Al-Subai / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2013 / 5 min / Colour
In Arabic / English subtitles
No Premiere


A young boy idolises his father and longs to spend more time with him, but nothing seems to work: the man is just too busy. Then one day the youngster devises a clever way to grab his father’s attention by playing him at his own game... ‘My Hero’ won a Best Short Film award at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in 2013.

About the Directors

Born and raised in France, Nora Al-Subai is a Qatari writer and director. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar with a degree in Computer Science. Her short film, ‘My Hero’ (2013), was named Best Short Film at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival and appeared in the markets of the Festival de Cannes and the Clemont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. 'Al-Johara' premiered at Ajyal, where it received the Special Jury Award. It also made its way to Cannes and the Sarajavo Film Festival.


Nora Al-Subai
Nora Al-Subai
Gaurri A Kadam, Halah Al Zaman
Yaseen Zane, Rasha Mkacher, Nora Al Subai
Gaurri A Kadam
Production Company
Doha Film Institute
Abdulrahman Al Jaber, Naila Ali, Mohamed Sharif

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