Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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One in 50 Million

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

Luciana Ceccatto Farah / Short Documentary / Qatar / 2018 / 15 min / Colour / DCP
In English, Urdu / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary


Nawaal Akram is a 20-year old who navigates life with the rare genetic mutation disorder Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Characterised by aggressive muscle degeneration, it is an extremely rare condition, affecting only one in fifty million women. Removed from school due to her affliction, Nawaal did not let it prevent her from living a very full life as a cosplayer, comedian and disability rights activist in this uplifting portrait of an inspirational young lady.

About the Directors

Luciana Ceccatto Farah is an artist based in Doha, Qatar. She studied Sculpture at the Escola de Belas Artes do Paraná, in her native Brazil, and Communications at Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium. Her first film, 'Somebody Clap for Me' (2018) won best feature-length documentary at the Festival International du Film Panafricain de Cannes and the Cameroon International Film Festival. She is currently on an artistic residency at Maktaba, the children’s library, where she runs a Comic Book Lab for 8-11-year-olds and makes analogue stop-motion collage films.'One in 50 million’ was produced as part of the Doha Film Institute’s annual Documentary Lab in 2018 which was led by world-renowned Cambodian documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh.


Luciana Ceccatto Farah
Luciana Ceccatto Farah
Luciana Ceccatto Farah
Socheat Cheng
Socheat Cheng
Falah Hannoun

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