Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

  • Costa Brava, Lebanon

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

    In ‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’, the free-spirited Badri family escape the overwhelming pollution and social unrest of Beirut by seeking refuge in a utopic mountain home they built for themselves.

    Mounia Akl / Lebanon, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Qatar / Feature Narrative

  • 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

  • Lonely Blue Night

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    An awkward family reunion at a business dinner leads a Chinese mother to realize the consequences of leaving her daughter in the care of an American homestay family.

    Johnson Cheng / United States of America / Short Narrative

  • Mulan

    Special Screening | Geekdom Screenings - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan takes his spot—though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu, she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way in this vibrantly animated tale about war, honour, gender roles and family pride.

    Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft / United States of America / Feature Narrative

  • Night

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    In a city devastated by war, it can be difficult to sleep, let alone dream. To ease a women’s anguish, Night tricks her into seeing her missing child one last time.

    Ahmad Saleh / Germany, Qatar, Jordan, Palestine / Short Narrative

  • Peek-A-Boom

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Surrounded by her loving family on her birthday, a startling event occurs that will shape young Mira’s life forever.

    Maya Zankoul, Toni Yammine / Lebanon / Short Narrative

  • Summer Fasting

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Scorching beneath the summer sun, eleven-year-old Kader is determined to observe Ramadan for the first time with the unsolicited help of his best friend, Rudy.

    Abdenoure Ziane / France / Short Narrative

  • 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