Ajyal Film Festival 2021


All Days

  • Canary

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Canary birds are highly sensitive to their environments. Because of this, they were often used in mining as an indicator to see if the air was safe to breathe. Young Sonny doesn’t like mining much, and he trains his pet canary to play dead so they can take the day off. A prank that leads to unintentional disaster in this well-crafted animated short about honesty, integrity, and friendship.  

    Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault / Canada / Short Animation

  • Dounia & The Princess of Aleppo

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Six-year-old Dounia loves to play, learn and discover new recipes. She lives with her grandparents and father in Aleppo and treasures hearing stories of her mother, who tragically passed away when Dounia was too young to remember. One night, a group of uniformed men take her father away, and an uneasy feeling begins to take hold. War has begun, but her grandparents do their best to shelter the young girl from its effects. As bombs drop around them, the family decide to flee in search of a new home with only a few possessions—and a little magic in hand.

    Marya Zarif, André Kadi / Canada, France / Feature Narrative

  • Same Old

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Lu is a Chinese immigrant living day to day on tips from his job as a delivery worker. He supports his wife and ailing mother as they desperately try to make ends meet in the unforgiving city. One night, his bicycle, and in essence his livelihood, is stolen from him. He’s forced to embark on a desperate journey to reclaim it in this poignant short about the precarious position many zero-contact hour employees regularly find themselves in.

    Lloyd Lee Choi / United States of America, Canada / Short Narrative