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

  • Brother's Keeper

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Yusuf and his best friend Memo are pupils at a boarding school for Kurdish boys in Eastern Anatolia.

    Ferit Karahan / Turkey / Feature Narrative

  • Child's Play

    Drive-In Cinema - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Gunned down by Detective Mike Norris, dying murderer Charles Lee Ray uses black magic to put his soul inside a doll named Chucky—which Karen Barclay then buys for her young son, Andy.

    Tom Holland / United States of America / Feature Narrative

  • Feathers

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    When a magic trick goes terribly awry at a children’s birthday party, the autocratic father of an impoverished family is turned abruptly into a chicken.

    Omar El Zohairy / France, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece / Feature Narrative

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Drive-In Cinema - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    An adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own.

    Chris Columbus / United Kingdom, United States of America / Feature Narrative

  • Land of Dreams

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

    ‘Land of Dreams’ takes place in the near future in a small town in America. Simin is an Iranian immigrant who works for US Census Bureau,

    Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari / United States of America, Germany, Qatar / Feature Narrative

  • Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Yarmouk in Damascus sheltered the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the world from 1957 to 2018.

    Abdallah Al-Khatib / Lebanon, France, Qatar / Feature Documentary

  • Made in Qatar presented by Ooredoo Film Programme

    Made in Qatar | Ajyal at Vox | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    The Ajyal Film Festival is delighted to showcase and celebrate the thriving filmmaking scene in Qatar. The programme presented this year features some internationally shown and award-winning short documentaries and narratives.

  • Made in USA

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A selection of the very best in contemporary American short-form filmmaking.

  • School of Hope

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    In the vast expanse of desert, East of Atlas Mountains in Morocco, seasonal rain and snow once supported livestock, but now the drought seems to never end.

    Mohamed El Aboudi / Finland, France, Morocco, Qatar / Feature Documentary

  • Writing with Fire

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Amid a crowded, patriarchal news landscape emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit (low caste) women.

    Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh / India / Feature Documentary