Ajyal Film Festival 2021


All Days

  • Bigman

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Dylan and his best friend Youssef share the same dream of becoming professional footballers after they finish school. They practice diligently every chance they get, coached by Dylan’s huffish but good-humoured father. The team sets their sights on winning the coveted Touzani Cup. But a tragic accident leaves Dylan partially paralysed and unable to play. Stubbornly, Dylan refuses to accept the new limitations of his disability. With the help of Maya and the boys on his team, he searches for new ways to participate in his beloved sport in this inspiring feature about friendship, determination, and the will to win.

    Camiel Schouwenaar / Netherlands, Germany / Feature Narrative

  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    The filmmaker’s hometown, Beirut, is torn apart by a corrupt political elite, anti-government protests, and one of the biggest explosions of the 21st century. But above the city’s roofs soars an unexpected bearer of hope—the pigeon game of chance “Kash Hamam”. Every evening, in the golden sun above the labyrinth streets, the sky populates, and all over the city swarms of birds fly out of their cages. Their flight follows the choreography of an ancient tradition. A game allegedly invented by embattled kings in the hope of saving their soldiers from the folly of war.

    Lea Najjar / Germany, Lebanon, Qatar / Feature Documentary

  • The Most Boring Granny In The Whole World

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Young Greta thinks she might have the most boring grandma in the whole world. She never lets her play with her antiques or colour in old black and white photographs. One day while her granny naps on the couch, Greta hosts a mock funeral, inviting all her toys as guests. Her granny awakes, and they realise together how precious time can be in this charmingly contemplative short about mortality and living life to the fullest.

    Damaris Zielke / Germany / Short Animation

  • Paradiso, XXXI, 108

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    “Nothing can be heard anymore; the roar of our plane absorbs every other sound. We are heading straight to the world’s biggest display of soundproof fireworks, and soon we will drop our bombs”. Using archival footage interweaved with an almost haunting soundscape, Kamal Aljafari perfectly encapsulates the folly of war in this disarmingly captivating short documentary.

    Kamal Aljafari / Palestine, Germany / Short Experimental or Essay

  • Rest In Piece

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Amidst a cacophony of shelling, Midyan is forced to flee his war-torn home. Packing only a suitcase of his dearest possessions, he embarks on a perilous journey into the unknown. Weary and starving in a desolate wasteland, poor Midyan resorts to eating the objects he has packed. The effects are monstrous, yet they give him the strength to carry on through the scorching desert. A beautifully crafted clay animation, ‘Rest in Piece’ shows us the courage and resilience of displaced peoples.

    Antoine Antabi / Germany, France, Qatar / Short Narrative

  • Tremor

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    During water therapy for his chronic spasms, Leon is involved in a shocking incident with his physical therapist. An eruptive and very public moment of betrayal. The resulting fallout reverberates through their lives like the aftershocks of a seismic event, seeing their once trusting relationship almost fractured beyond repair. ‘Tremor’ explores the often complex and intimate relationships formed between therapists and their patients.

    Rudolf Fitzgerald Leonard / Germany / Short Narrative