Ajyal Film Festival 2022

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Smile You Deserve It (ابتسم فأنت تستحقها)

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

Ibrahim Albuainain / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2020 / 4 min / Colour / Apple Pro Res 422
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Animation
World Premiere


In this charming 3D animated apologue, two farmers live side-by-side with similar land but a very different approach to their vocations. One is upbeat and hopeful, always putting in an honest day's work with a smile on his face. The other, however, resents having to toil the land and doesn't put much care into his farming. When harvest time arrives, he learns a valuable lesson from his cheery neighbour—that work done with joy and perseverance always bears the best harvest.

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About the Directors

Ibrahim Albuainain is a writer, art director and filmmaker. Since childhood, he embraced art, and he always wanted to understand the magic and secrets of cartoon animation and stop motion. As a result, he dedicated many years to research and experiments to make animatable puppets. He is known for his first stop motion film 'The Last Drop of Oil' (2012), which was an official selection in many film festivals such as the Family Film Festival in Hollywood and Douban Film Festival in Seoul. The film also won a title at Ras Al Khaimah in 2014. In addition, Ibrahim is a grantee recipient from the Doha Film Institute for his 3D animated film 'Smile You Deserve It'.


Ibrahim Albuainain
Ibrahim Albuainain
Ibrahim Albuainain
Simon Kang
Simon Kang

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