Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Films

  • 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

  • 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

  • Atlal (Remnants)

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

    A wistful Palestinian man embarks on a trip down memory lane to the pivotal locations of his life in Qatar—all of which now lay abandoned.

    Tony El Ghazal, Balkees Al-Jaafari / Qatar / Short Documentary

  • 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

  • Border

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

    In an abstrusely dystopian future, a man wishes to return to his family. But navigating the complex system becomes a near-impossible journey.

    Khalifa Al-Thani / Qatar / 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.