Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Transformation (Naqlah)

Ajyal Competition

Yousef Al Bagshi / Short Narrative / Kuwait / 2017 / 7 min / Black & White / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Drama, Middle Eastern, Disability, Based on a True Story, Supernatural


A melancholic story of a young disabled man who lives with his elderly mother. She cares for him the best she can, but it is evident that the physically demanding job is proving too much for her own ailing body. Witnessing this, the young man is overcome with guilt and attempts to end his own suffering, but a devastating war erupts outside and he must put his plans aside for a higher calling.

About the Directors

Yousef Al Baqshi is an animator and digital artist. He holds a degree in Theatre Design and has found drawing to be his personal way of communicating with the broader community. To him, illustration is an internal process in which people’s perceptions reflect their own unique perspectives on the world. He directed and produced 'Sandarah' in 2014, which went on to best short animation at the Voya and Gulf film festivals.


Yousef Al Bagshi
Yousef Al Bagshi
Yousef Al Bagshi
Aisa Hashmi

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