Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

All Days

  • Five Stars

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Carlos and Toñi live in a tiny apartment in a marginalised neighbourhood in Portugal. They haven’t been able to pay their rent for months, their electricity is cut off, and they survive by collecting scrap metal. But a windfall is on the horizon when Henrik and Jens, two Danish tourists, offer to pay to spend a day with a low-income family. A tongue-in-cheek dramedy about wealth disparity and the objectification of people in poverty to entertain the privileged.

    Roberto Jiménez Bozada / Spain / Short Narrative

  • 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

  • Our Brothers

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    December 5th, 1986. Thousands of students take to the streets of Paris to protest the harsh higher education reforms. Twenty-year-old Abdel Benyahia attempts to break up a bar fight but is tragically shot dead by a drunken police officer. Just hours later, Malik Oussekine is pursued and beaten to death by three police officers from the controversial motorcycle unit. As revolt threatens to erupt amidst a population horrified by Malik’s murder in the heart of their city, the families of both victims, while never meeting, struggle to understand what really happened that night.

    Rachid Bouchareb / France / Feature Narrative