Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Don't Get Too Comfortable

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Shaima Al-Tamimi / Yemen, United States of America, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arab Emirates / 2021 / 9 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic, English, Swahili / Arabic subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

This film is screening as part of Changing Times programme. Buy your tickets here .
This film is screening as part of Made in Qatar Film Programme programme. Buy your tickets here .


Nominated for an Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at this year’s Venice Film Festival, ‘Don’t Get Too Comfortable’ is a heartfelt, introspective letter to the filmmaker’s deceased grandfather. The letter questions the continuous pattern of movement amongst Yemenis in diaspora. The film fuses archival photographs, sourced footage, parallax animation, and abstract videos to create an audio-visual body of work that calls attention to the collective feeling of statelessness and sense of being felt by Yemeni (or non-Yemeni) migrants.


Shaima Al-Tamimi

Shaima Al-Tamimi is a Yemeni-East African visual storyteller based in the GCC. Her work explores migration, identity, and culinary culture through introspection and a deeply-rooted documentary approach. Using photography, film, audio and writing as mediums, she merges historical and family archives with present-day portraits and visuals to create vivid narratives. Challenging mainstream and linear notions of identity, her work offers unique perspectives into the lives of her subjects and calls for a more nuanced understanding of native experiences. Previous projects include the 2020 global “Prints for Yemen” fundraiser and ‘Voices from the Urbanscape’ (2017). Her work has been featured in Gulf Photo Plus, Art 29, JDEED Magazine, Khaleejesque Magazine, CNN, and Doha News.


Mayar Hamdan
Mayar Hamdan
Shaima Al Tamimi, Saleh Al Tamimi, Ramla Al Tamimi, Sanaa, Iman, Mohammed, Sultan Al Tamimi