Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

All Days

  • A Story for 2 Trumpets

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    An enchanting and beautifully crafted animated short, ‘A Story for 2 Trumpets’ tells the tale of a young girl’s evolution into a woman and an artist. Through a series of spellbinding pastel vignettes accompanied by dreamlike music, we are whisked into a surreal world where metaphors and personal experiences melt together. A captivating tale about metamorphosis, adolescence and how the creative process can draw inspiration from all of life’s experiences.

    Amandine Meyer / France / Short Animation

  • After Yang

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Based on a short story by Alexander Weinstein, ‘After Yang’ is a compelling drama set in the alarmingly near future where domestic robots pervade our daily lives. A young couple, Jake and Kyra, adopt a daughter named Mika. To help her understand her place of birth and culture more, they also purchase an android as a carer and teacher—Yang. Forming a strong bond with her new companion, Mika is inconsolable when Yang malfunctions. As a discontinued model that was bought outside of the conventional channels, Jake faces an existential quest to repair Yang.

    Kogonada / United States of America / Feature Narrative

  • An Invisible Apprentice

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Despite the shimmering lights, upbeat music and assumed fun of her roller disco class—something is weighing heavy on the shoulders of 12-year-old Inés. Her dance class is a planned distraction, one that was meant to take Inés away from the flashing and beeping lights of her ailing sister’s EKG machine. Learning balance in more ways than one, the young girl begins to compartmentalise her feelings in this nostalgic 80s short about maturation, family, illness and hope.

    Emilia Herbst / Argentina / Short Narrative

  • As Time Passes

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    'As Time Passes' is a poetic series of captivating vignettes tracing the filmmaker's family roots from east to west and their experience as a diaspora. Through journal entries, a mother's words, neighbourhood stories, and existential inquiries, one still searches for meaning beyond the walls of their mind. Tinged with sadness and longing for a sense of self, the film reminds us; "In the depths of darkness, seeds are planted. We begin to yearn for light—only to find that we, ourselves, are the light".

    Jamil McGinnis / United States of America / Short Documentary