Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

  • 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

  • Captains of Zaatari

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    After fleeing the war in Syria, best friends Mahmoud and Fawzi have spent the last five years in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp.

    Ali El Arabi / Egypt / Feature 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

  • Dear Future Children

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    With global protests on the rise, ‘Dear Future Children’ is a film about the new generation at the heart of this seismic political shift.

    Franz Böhm / Germany, United Kingdom, Austria / Feature 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

  • 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

  • Lily Topples the World

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    The visually spectacular and utterly satisfying ‘Lily Topples the World’ follows 20-year-old Lily Hevesh—the world’s greatest domino “toppler” and the only woman in her field.

    Jeremy Workman / United States of America / Feature 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 Light is Displaced

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A soon to be removed orange grove in Los Angeles inspires contemplation on the politics of storytelling in the multi-generational experience of Palestine in exile.

    Zaina Bseiso / Palestine, United States of America / Short Documentary