Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

  • A World of Colour

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Colours are universal—much like the wonderfully delightful tales in this short programme that has been specially curated for the whole family to enjoy!

  • Adaptation

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A young red-haired boy draws the ire of local bullies because of his unique appearance and must summon the courage to stand up for himself.

    Ngima Gelu Lama / Portugal / Short Narrative

  • And Then They Burn the Sea

    Ajyal Competition | Made in Qatar | Ajyal at Vox | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Filmmaker Majid Al-Remaihi ruminates on the experience of witnessing his mother’s gradual and terminal memory loss over the course of many years.

    Majid Al-Remaihi / Qatar / Short Documentary

  • Asteroid

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Ebrahim is only twelve years of age but bears much of the responsibility for his household of five younger siblings with his mother.

    Mehdi Hoseinivand Aalipour / Iran / Feature Narrative

  • Bambirak

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    When 8-year-old Kati stows away in her father's delivery van, Faruk must juggle his responsibilities as a single dad while holding down his first job in a new country.

    Zamarin Wahdat / United States of America, Germany / Short Narrative

  • Before Darkness

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    An Afghan woman hides her child because she does not have enough money to take them both across Iran’s border. But her plan is exposed with heartbreaking consequences.

    Mosayeb Hanaei / Iran, Afghanistan / Short Narrative

  • BJ's Mobile Gift Shop

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    BJ, a young Korean-American hustler, tirelessly runs throughout the city of Chicago making hard-earned sales out of his infinitely convenient “mobile gift shop”.

    Jason Park / United States of America / Short Narrative

  • Brother's Keeper

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Yusuf and his best friend Memo are pupils at a boarding school for Kurdish boys in Eastern Anatolia.

    Ferit Karahan / Turkey / Feature Narrative

  • Captains of Zaatari

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    After fleeing the war in Syria, best friends Mahmoud and Fawzi have spent the last five years in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp.

    Ali El Arabi / Egypt / Feature Documentary

  • Changing Times

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Change is inevitable; it is how we adapt and overcome that defines us. In this dynamic programme of shorts, we explore the natural state of turmoil and seek to find meaning in chaos.

  • Colourful Feathers

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A family of blue chickens are ostracized from their flock. But when a fox arrives, they quickly learn to get along!

    Maribel Suárez / Mexico / Short Narrative

  • Dear Future Children

    Ajyal Competition | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    With global protests on the rise, ‘Dear Future Children’ is a film about the new generation at the heart of this seismic political shift.

    Franz Böhm / Germany, United Kingdom, Austria / Feature Documentary