Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

All Days

  • Hafreiat

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Abo Dya is a fugitive from Amman who lives in Gneyya, a small village in northern Jordan. He resides there with his wife and son Dya, and they are expecting their second child to be born in the coming weeks. Abo Dya is one of the Jordanian workers hired for a Spanish archaeological expedition which has become a primary source of income for the villagers. The working conditions are arduous, and the relationship with their foreign employers is becoming increasingly tense. The only realistic solution Abo Dya sees is to return to Amman, which his family is unwilling to do because of the risk of returning to his criminal past.

    Alex Sardà / Spain, Qatar, Jordan / Feature Documentary

  • 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

  • My Sister Liv

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    When eight-year-old Tess learned that her mother was pregnant, she was not excited at the prospect of a sibling. But with the birth of little Liv, who had the same fiery red hair as her older sister, an unbreakable bond was formed that, sadly, was torn apart too soon. Liv grew into a young woman full of energy and with incredible musical talent, but even as a child, she suffered from anxiety and depression until she was driven to a radical solution. Tess was left with a void in her life that she decided to fill by working with teenagers who have the same difficulties as Liv did.

    Alan Hicks / Australia, United States of America / Feature Documentary

  • The Territory

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    ‘The Territory’ follows the vital, inspiring fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people of Brazil to defend their land from non-Indigenous farmers intent on colonising their protected territory. Co-produced by the Uru-eu-wau-wau community, the film draws on intimate access to both the Indigenous perspective and the farmers who want their land to chronicle a conflict that has profound implications for the survival of a people and the planet. The community has faced environmentally destructive and often violent incursions into their sovereign territory by nonnatives seeking to exploit the land. Illegal logging and land clearing incursions have become more frequent and more brazen over the years.

    Alex Pritz / Brazil, Denmark, United States of America / Feature Documentary