Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

  • A Hero

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Vox | Ajyal at Katara | Opening Night - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Rahim finds himself in jail for incurring a business debt he is unable to repay. While on a two-day leave,

    Asghar Farhadi / Iran, France / Feature Narrative

  • Asteroid

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Ebrahim is only twelve years of age but bears much of the responsibility for his household of five younger siblings with his mother.

    Mehdi Hoseinivand Aalipour / Iran / Feature Narrative

  • Before Darkness

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    An Afghan woman hides her child because she does not have enough money to take them both across Iran’s border. But her plan is exposed with heartbreaking consequences.

    Mosayeb Hanaei / Iran, Afghanistan / Short Narrative

  • Changing Times

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - 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.

  • Orca

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Vox | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Elham, a divorced Iranian woman, survives a horrific beating at the hands of her husband.

    Sahar Mossayebi / Qatar, Iran / Feature Narrative

  • Shadegan

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    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.

    Ako Salemi / Iran / Short Documentary

  • Uncertain Futures I

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    It’s certainly been an unpredictable couple of years for the world. But as the old adage goes, when nothing is sure—everything is possible. This thought-provoking programme of shorts illustrates that at the beginning of some of life’s most meaningful journeys, lies uncertainty...