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Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films


Runtime: 121 min

Success is the child of perseverance, and this selection of shorts is a testament to the ability of people to overcome any obstacles in pursuit of their dreams.


  • Layla

    Ajyal Competition

    A late-in-life, coming-of-age drama, ‘Layla’ is an examination of migrant culture in the UK.

    Celine Cotran / United Kingdom / / Short Narrative

  • Story

    Ajyal Competition

    'Story' is a reflection on modern man in an age of omnipresent technology.

    Jolanta Bankowska / Poland / 2019 / Short Narrative

  • Youth

    Ajyal Competition

    A thought-provoking coming-of-age story, 'Youth' follows a teenage girl as she takes her first tentative steps…

    Farida Zahran / Egypt, United States of America / 2018 / Shorts Programme

  • Thermostat 6

    Ajyal Competition

    Diane and her family gather to have dinner, but when a leaky roof interrupts their banquet, only Diane seems t…

    Maya Av-Ron, Mylène Cominotti, Marion Coudert, Sixtine Dano / France / 2018 / Short Narrative

  • Esperança

    Ajyal Competition

    After her father launches an investigation into a corrupt politician in Angola, he is taken away in the middle…

    Cécile Rousset, Jeanne Paturle, Benjamin Serero / France / 2019 / Short Documentary

  • Fault Line

    Ajyal Competition

    Nahal is an Iranian schoolgirl who must create a new version of the truth after she breaks her arm.

    Soheil Amirsharifi / Iran / 2018 / Short Narrative

  • Half and Half

    Ajyal Competition

    Lying wounded on a deserted battlefield, Clovis the knight wakes up to a serious problem—he's been vertically…

    Baptiste Drapeau / France / 2018 / Short Narrative

  • The Helmet

    Ajyal Competition

    Osama is a creative inventor from Yemen, full of dreams as well as ideas for transforming those dreams into re…

    Osama Khaled / Yemen / 2019 / Short Narrative

  • Memo

    Ajyal Competition

    Louis is an elderly retired man who lives alone. His daughter Nina often visits and lovingly leaves him little…

    Julien Becquer, Éléna Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimaraes, Ines Scheiber / France / 2017 / Short Narrative

  • Refuge

    Ajyal Competition

    ‘Refuge’ follows two Palestinian millennials, Mohammed and Sameera, both of whom were born and raised outside…

    Maha Essid / Qatar / 2019 / Short Documentary

  • Fragile

    Ajyal Competition

    Deep in a valley, surrounded on all sides by high, jagged mountains live a town of ceramic people. Fearful of…

    Kholoud Al-Ali / Qatar / / Short Narrative

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