Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2021
Change is inevitable; it is how we adapt and overcome that defines us. In this dynamic programme of shorts, we explore the natural state of turmoil and seek to find meaning in chaos.
A Bedouin boy named Hamad forms a bond with a newborn camel, who he calls Olayan. When Olayan is later sold to market, young Hamad embarks on a mission to rescue his friend.
Director: Khalifa Al-Marri
Qatar / Arabic / 2021 / 18 mins
Don't Get Too Comfortable
Shaima Al-Tamimi shares an introspective letter to her deceased grandfather, reflecting on her ancestral migrational journey and its implications over three generations.
Director: Shaima Al-Tamimi
Yemen, Kenya USA, Qatar, UAE / English, Swahili, Arabic / 2021 / 9 mins
In a city devastated by war, it can be difficult to sleep, let alone dream. To ease a women’s anguish, Night tricks her into seeing her missing child one last time.
Director: Ahmad Saleh
Germany, Qatar, Jordan, Palestine / Arabic / 2021 / 16 mins
Scorching beneath the summer sun, eleven-year-old Kader is determined to observe Ramadan for the first time with the unsolicited help of his best friend, Rudy.
Director: Abdenoure Ziane
France / French / 2020 / 18 mins
Surrounded by her loving family on her birthday, a startling event occurs that will shape young Mira’s life forever.
Directors: Maya Zankoul, Toni Yammine
Lebanon / Arabic / 2021 / 5 mins
A day in the life of a 12-year-old fisherman on his boat in Shadegan Pond, Iran—his second home and the source of his family's livelihood.
Director: Ako Salemi
Iran / No dialogue / 2020 / 15 mins
A young Kurdish girl who has recently become deaf from an infection struggles with her disability and begins to feel increasingly isolated from her community.
Director: Brwa Vahabpour
Norway, Iraq / Kurdish / 2020 / 15 mins
Tomorrow My Love
An old man is separated from his hospitalised wife due to the pandemic. But love will always find a way in this painstakingly illustrated and affecting short about connection and loss.
Director: Gitanjali Rao
India / No dialogue / 2021 / 4 mins