Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

Rain (Rain)

Made in Qatar

Rahab Elewaly / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2012 / 13 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Animation
MENA Premiere


This animated adaptation of a Middle Eastern folktale follows Rain on a journey into the desert. After a tragic event, he seeks refuge in a drought-stricken Bedouin camp, where he is challenged by expectations that arise from his name. Unable to meet the demands of his hosts, Rain resorts to spirituality and hope.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Rahab Elewaly is an Egyptian-American filmmaker who studied cinema in Cairo. She has worked as an animation artist for Warner Brothers, Fox Searchlight, the Independent Film Channel, MTV and PBS. She won an award for Best Animated Film at the Cairo International Film Festival. Her films have been screened in Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance.


Rahab Elewaly
Autumn Eve Watts
Rahab Elewaly, Heidi Ahsmann
Abdul Jabbar Maki, Maryam Al Sahli
Nitin Sawhney
Animators: Mohamad Daqqaq, Ashiq Ahmed, Waseem Al Marzouki, Diala Zada, Mohamad Al Suwaidi/ Effects & Compositing: Mohannad Gamal / Character Design and Story Board: Lilian Wagdy / Assistant Producer: Sue James / Post Production Sound Supervisor: David M

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