Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

All Days

  • Hafreiat

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Abo Dya is a fugitive from Amman who lives in Gneyya, a small village in northern Jordan. He resides there with his wife and son Dya, and they are expecting their second child to be born in the coming weeks. Abo Dya is one of the Jordanian workers hired for a Spanish archaeological expedition which has become a primary source of income for the villagers. The working conditions are arduous, and the relationship with their foreign employers is becoming increasingly tense. The only realistic solution Abo Dya sees is to return to Amman, which his family is unwilling to do because of the risk of returning to his criminal past.

    Alex Sardà / Spain, Qatar, Jordan / Feature Documentary

  • Happy New Year, Jim

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    It’s New Year’s Eve. Friends Jim and Morten are playing online video games all night long, like every day. But something’s not sitting well with Morten tonight. He’s become uncomfortable with the realism of the digital world and the preprogrammed destinies of characters in their games. These persistent thoughts set off a fascinating series of questions to a bewildered Jim about the ethics of artificial intelligence, the direction of technological advancement and ultimately, an existential crisis about the nature of reality itself.

    Andrea Gatopoulos / Italy / Short Narrative

  • The Headhunters Daughter

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Lynn leaves her family behind to traverse the harrowing roads of the Cordilleran highlands in the Philippines, to try her luck in the city as a country singer. Motivated not by money or fame, she simply wants her voice to be heard and the chance to appear on television so her father might see her perform. Laden with vestiges of American colonialism, this Sundance awarded short is a haunting ballad about the erosion and ultimate replacement of indigenous cultural traditions.

    Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan / Philippines / Short Narrative