Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

All Days

  • Dounia & The Princess of Aleppo

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Six-year-old Dounia loves to play, learn and discover new recipes. She lives with her grandparents and father in Aleppo and treasures hearing stories of her mother, who tragically passed away when Dounia was too young to remember. One night, a group of uniformed men take her father away, and an uneasy feeling begins to take hold. War has begun, but her grandparents do their best to shelter the young girl from its effects. As bombs drop around them, the family decide to flee in search of a new home with only a few possessions—and a little magic in hand.

    Marya Zarif, André Kadi / Canada, France / Feature Narrative

  • Paradiso, XXXI, 108

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    “Nothing can be heard anymore; the roar of our plane absorbs every other sound. We are heading straight to the world’s biggest display of soundproof fireworks, and soon we will drop our bombs”. Using archival footage interweaved with an almost haunting soundscape, Kamal Aljafari perfectly encapsulates the folly of war in this disarmingly captivating short documentary.

    Kamal Aljafari / Palestine, Germany / Short Experimental or Essay

  • Rest In Piece

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Amidst a cacophony of shelling, Midyan is forced to flee his war-torn home. Packing only a suitcase of his dearest possessions, he embarks on a perilous journey into the unknown. Weary and starving in a desolate wasteland, poor Midyan resorts to eating the objects he has packed. The effects are monstrous, yet they give him the strength to carry on through the scorching desert. A beautifully crafted clay animation, ‘Rest in Piece’ shows us the courage and resilience of displaced peoples.

    Antoine Antabi / Germany, France, Qatar / Short Narrative