Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

  • 1982

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Working in partnership with the Translation and Interpreting Institute of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University—Ajyal Film Festival is delighted to bring our popular inclusive experience back to the silver screen this year with a DFI supported film, Oualid Mouaness’ critically acclaimed ‘1982’.

    Oualid Mouaness / Lebanon, United States of America, Norway, Qatar / Feature Narrative

  • A Hero

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Vox | Ajyal at Katara | Opening Night - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Rahim finds himself in jail for incurring a business debt he is unable to repay. While on a two-day leave,

    Asghar Farhadi / Iran, France / Feature Narrative

  • A World of Colour

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Colours are universal—much like the wonderfully delightful tales in this short programme that has been specially curated for the whole family to enjoy!

  • 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

  • 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

  • Annabelle

    Drive-In Cinema - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long.

    John R. Leonetti / United States of America / Feature Narrative

  • Asteroid

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Ebrahim is only twelve years of age but bears much of the responsibility for his household of five younger siblings with his mother.

    Mehdi Hoseinivand Aalipour / Iran / Feature Narrative

  • 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

  • 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

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Special Screening | Geekdom Screenings - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    An arrogant young prince and his castle's servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress,

    Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise / United States of America / Feature 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