Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Woman of Steel (Okht Rjal)

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Obada Yousef Jarbi / Short Documentary / Jordan, Qatar / 2020 / 16 min / Colour / Apple Pro Res 422
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Romance, Women, Documentary, Middle Eastern, Politics, Biography, Remake, Social Issues, Disability, Family, Identity
World Premiere


An earnest and empathetic portrait of a matriarch who works tirelessly for her family. Um Mohamed is a proud mother and a wife. Due to her husband’s post-polio disability, he is incapable of working. As a result, Um Mohamed roams the streets of Irbid, collecting scrap metal and recyclables to sell in the male-dominant industrial area. Though she provides for her family and has undoubtedly earned the title of “breadwinner”, she lacks the recognition and power often afforded to a man in her situation.

About the Directors

Abbas Kiarostami
Born in Iran, Kiarostami founded the cinema department at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults, where he directed his first short films. "A Taste of Cherry" in 1997 marked his entry into the ranks of award winners and "Certified Copy" marks his first production outside of his native country.

Obada Yousef Jarbi is a Jordanian resident of Qatar who holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism from Qatar University. He made his directorial debut with the documentary ‘Addicted to Alienation’ (2016). His second short film ‘The Fishermen’ (2017), created through Doha Film Institute’s documentary workshop, screened in several international film festivals. In 2016 he started developing his documentary ‘Okht Rjal’, going through the development process at Qumra 2018 and beginning filming in 2019 as a part of DFI’s documentary workshop with ‘Rithy Panh’.


Obada Yousef Jarbi
Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami, Nathanaël Karmitz, Marin Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, Angelo Barbagallo
Amit Chowdhury
Director of Photography
Luca Bigazzi
Production Designer
Giancarlo Basili, Ludovica Ferrario
Executive Producer
Gaetano Daniele
Severin Favriau, Falah Hannoun
Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carriere, Agathe Natanson

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