Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

  • Adaptation

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A young red-haired boy draws the ire of local bullies because of his unique appearance and must summon the courage to stand up for himself.

    Ngima Gelu Lama / Portugal / Short Narrative

  • Bambirak

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    When 8-year-old Kati stows away in her father's delivery van, Faruk must juggle his responsibilities as a single dad while holding down his first job in a new country.

    Zamarin Wahdat / United States of America, Germany / Short 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

  • BJ's Mobile Gift Shop

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    BJ, a young Korean-American hustler, tirelessly runs throughout the city of Chicago making hard-earned sales out of his infinitely convenient “mobile gift shop”.

    Jason Park / United States of America / Short Narrative

  • Border

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

    In an abstrusely dystopian future, a man wishes to return to his family. But navigating the complex system becomes a near-impossible journey.

    Khalifa Al-Thani / Qatar / Short Narrative

  • The Chicken

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    After mishandling an emergency he witnesses on the streets of New York City, Hiro, a young Japanese immigrant, cannot bring himself to butcher the chicken he bought for dinner.

    Neo Sora / United States of America / Short Narrative

  • Colourful Feathers

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A family of blue chickens are ostracized from their flock. But when a fox arrives, they quickly learn to get along!

    Maribel Suárez / Mexico / Short Narrative

  • Forever

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A life insurance company uses an AI algorithm to determine the risk of a new applicant. The subsequent denial sparks a period of introspection for the individual in question.

    Mitch McGlocklin / United States of America / Short Narrative

  • Have a Nice Dog!

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Trapped in war-surrounded Damascus, a lonely man becomes increasingly lost in his fantasies of escape. With only his dog for company, he ventures deeper into the darker recesses of his mind.

    Jalal Maghout / Germany, Syria / Short Narrative

  • Ink

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    An octopus is a bit of a neat freak. But sometimes, even though you have so many arms, you still cannot reach what you want!

    Joost van den Bosch, Erik Verkerk / Netherlands / Short Narrative

  • The Jog

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A man awakes to the news of his lifetime. But minutes later, when he attempts to rescue a woman during his morning jog—his altruistic gesture leads to tragic consequences.

    Joseph Lee Anderson / United States of America / Short Narrative

  • Junko

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A newlywed girl patiently waits for a call from her husband, who has left to find work in India. As days pass, longingness turns to loneliness, then resignation to resolve.

    Minsho Limbu / Nepal / Short Narrative