Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

  • And Then They Burn the Sea

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

    Filmmaker Majid Al-Remaihi ruminates on the experience of witnessing his mother’s gradual and terminal memory loss over the course of many years.

    Majid Al-Remaihi / Qatar / Short Documentary

  • Atlal (Remnants)

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

    A wistful Palestinian man embarks on a trip down memory lane to the pivotal locations of his life in Qatar—all of which now lay abandoned.

    Tony El Ghazal, Balkees Al-Jaafari / Qatar / Short Documentary

  • Character

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Actor Mark Metcalf takes a critical look back on his life and career in this meditation on power, privilege, and the perils of being a “type”.

    Vera Brunner-Sung / United States of America / Short Documentary

  • Don't Get Too Comfortable

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

    Shaima Al-Tamimi shares an introspective letter to her deceased grandfather, reflecting on her ancestral migrational journey and its implications over three generations.

    Shaima Al-Tamimi / Yemen, United States of America, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arab Emirates / Short Documentary

  • Fever Dream

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

    A documentary about a reality that is stranger than fiction. Sick with the coronavirus, a couple films themselves in quarantine—a five-star hotel with a sea view and sealed windows.

    Ania Hendryx Wójtowicz / Qatar, Poland, United States of America / Short Documentary

  • I Gotta Look Good for the Apocalypse

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A mixed media animation about the Covid-19 lockdown, and its effect on relationships and increasingly digitised lives.

    Ayce Kartal / France, Turkey / Short Documentary

  • A Lens Under Water

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

    An eye-opening and colourful dive into the teeming coastal waters of Qatar with underwater photographer Faisal Jarkas.

    Fatma Zahra Abderrahim / Qatar / Short Documentary

  • Peel

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    The daily routine of a retirement home unfolds as time seems to stand still—the pencilled residents come to life on paper.

    Samuel Patthey, Silvain Monney / Switzerland / Short Documentary

  • 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

  • To Know Her

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Filmed decades apart on the same camcorder, ‘To Know Her’ is a poetic exploration of the filmmaker’s relationship with her mother, who passed away when she was 14 years old.

    Natalie A. Chao / United States of America, Hong Kong / Short Documentary

  • Virtual Voice

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

    A digital-savvy and satirical review of our online times. Meet Suzi doll, an ego-warrior marching to the algorithms of social media—another vacuous virtual voice, echoing injustices.

    Suzannah Mirghani / Sudan, Qatar / Short Documentary

  • When Beirut was Beirut

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

    If these buildings could talk, what would they say? In this animated documentary, three of Beirut’s monumental buildings come to life and share their stories of Beirut’s unsettling history.

    Alessandra El Chanti / Qatar, Lebanon / Short Documentary