Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

All Days

  • As Time Passes

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    'As Time Passes' is a poetic series of captivating vignettes tracing the filmmaker's family roots from east to west and their experience as a diaspora. Through journal entries, a mother's words, neighbourhood stories, and existential inquiries, one still searches for meaning beyond the walls of their mind. Tinged with sadness and longing for a sense of self, the film reminds us; "In the depths of darkness, seeds are planted. We begin to yearn for light—only to find that we, ourselves, are the light".

    Jamil McGinnis / United States of America / Short Documentary

  • It Feels Personal

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Digital creator Hugh discovers that his video has been stolen, re-contextualised, and turned into a viral meme by an anonymous TikTok user. Frustrated by the theft, he embarks on an internet odyssey, interviewing and interrogating the people that he encounters in an attempt to uncover the perpetrator. A short desktop documentary about the blurry lines of intellectual property in the shared and borderless digital community.

    Hugh Clegg / United Kingdom / Short Documentary

  • Mkawda

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Using the metaphor of a doctor listening to an ailing patient’s beating heart, visual artist Souad Douibi takes us through the streets of Algiers for a “check-up” on its inhabitants. A totally immersive sound experience, ‘Mkawda’ captures the zeitgeist of a city in pain. One that is sick of corruption, forced migration and economic mismanagement. But the hope of the people is evident in their words and proof that maybe time can heal all wounds.

    Souad Douibi / Algeria / Short Documentary

  • Walking from Paris to Brest

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    In 1927, filmmaker Oskar Fischinger travelled for three weeks along the side roads between Munich and Berlin, filming frame by frame the people he met along the way and the places he passed through. In 2020, director Vincent Le Port undertook a similar project during a month-long walk between Paris and Brest. The result is a time capsule-like short capturing both a place and its people, delicately woven together through fleeting vignettes.

    Vinent Le Port / France / Short Documentary