Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

Night (ليل)

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox

Ahmad Saleh / Short Narrative / Germany, Qatar, Jordan, Palestine / 2021 / 16 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Children, Animation, Women, Drama, Middle Eastern, War, Fantasy, Family, Based on a True Story, Arthouse
Middle East Premiere


Based on the true story of a mother the filmmaker met in Palestine, ‘Night’ is a haunting and superbly crafted stop-animation about war, bereavement, and unimaginable sorrow. When the sun sets, and what little warmth and light that is left disappears, Night begins to watch over the people below. But in a city devastated by bombings, it can be difficult to sleep, let alone dream. To ease a women’s anguish, Night tricks her into seeing her missing child one last time.

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About the Directors

Alina Mustafina is a Kazakh journalist, writer and a filmmaker currently living in Qatar. She is a real nomad, as her ancestors used to be. She has been changing countries for living since she left her motherland Kazakhstan in 2008 for UAE, Spain, Turkey and now Qatar. Journalism and filmmaking degrees in Spain, professional work and life experience in all those countries make her works to be a combination of searching for an identity and being a citizen of the world. She has a couple of student and independent short films and a book published in Russian. Her last documentary 'Ander' was filmed in Qatar under the mentorship of Oscar-nominated director Rithy Panh during the documentary lab at Doha Film Institute.

Ahmad Saleh is an Academy Award-winning writer, director, and art director. His unique storytelling voice is inspired by his engineering studies in the Westbank. Winning a young writers award in Palestine encouraged Ahmad to leave engineering and pursue a career in filmmaking instead. His debut film, ‘House’ (2012), came runner up in the German Short Film Awards, and his second film, ‘Ayny’ (2016), won an Academy Award. His third short film is ‘Night’, had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival.


Ahmad Saleh
Ahmad Saleh
Jessica Neubauer, Saleh Saleh, Fabian Driehorst
Alina Mustafina
Socheat Cheng, Mesa Prum
Production Company
ses-Studio, Fabian&Fred
Falah Hannoun, Severin Favriau

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