Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

All Days

  • Comedy Queen

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Sasha is 13 years old and wants nothing more than to become a stand-up comedian. She wants to make everyone laugh, especially her father, who cries in the shower when he thinks no one is listening. Behind her eyes, the unhealed tears also burn on Sasha, but she refuses to mourn her mother, who has passed away in tragic circumstances. Instead, she secretly writes a list of everything she must do to survive—shave her hair, stop reading books, say no to the world’s cutest puppy and above all—become a Comedy Queen.

    Sanna Lenken / Sweden / Feature Narrative

  • 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

  • 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