Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

  • 1982

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Working in partnership with the Translation and Interpreting Institute of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University—Ajyal Film Festival is delighted to bring our popular inclusive experience back to the silver screen this year with a DFI supported film, Oualid Mouaness’ critically acclaimed ‘1982’.

    Oualid Mouaness / Lebanon, United States of America, Norway, Qatar / Feature Narrative

  • A Hero

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

    Rahim finds himself in jail for incurring a business debt he is unable to repay. While on a two-day leave,

    Asghar Farhadi / Iran, France / Feature Narrative

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Special Screening | Geekdom Screenings - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    An arrogant young prince and his castle's servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress,

    Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise / United States of America / Feature Narrative

  • Character

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Actor Mark Metcalf takes a critical look back on his life and career in this meditation on power, privilege, and the perils of being a “type”.

    Vera Brunner-Sung / United States of America / Short Documentary

  • The Chicken

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    After mishandling an emergency he witnesses on the streets of New York City, Hiro, a young Japanese immigrant, cannot bring himself to butcher the chicken he bought for dinner.

    Neo Sora / United States of America / Short Narrative

  • 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

  • Forever

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A life insurance company uses an AI algorithm to determine the risk of a new applicant. The subsequent denial sparks a period of introspection for the individual in question.

    Mitch McGlocklin / United States of America / Short Narrative

  • The Jog

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Katara - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    A man awakes to the news of his lifetime. But minutes later, when he attempts to rescue a woman during his morning jog—his altruistic gesture leads to tragic consequences.

    Joseph Lee Anderson / United States of America / Short Narrative

  • Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

    Special Screening | Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Tsuneo is a university student with dreams of diving abroad.

    Kotaro Tamura / Japan / Feature Narrative

  • Land of Dreams

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

    ‘Land of Dreams’ takes place in the near future in a small town in America. Simin is an Iranian immigrant who works for US Census Bureau,

    Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari / United States of America, Germany, Qatar / Feature Narrative

  • The Lion King

    Special Screening | Geekdom Screenings - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

    Emotionally stirring and richly drawn, ‘The Lion King’ follows the adventures of young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba's wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa's throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa in this Disney favourite with unforgettable songs by Elton John and Tim Rice.

    Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff / United States of America / Feature Narrative

  • 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