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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Don't Get Too Comfortable

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

    Shaima Al-Tamimi shares an introspective letter to her deceased grandfather, reflecting on her ancestral migrational journey and its implications over three generations.

    Shaima Al-Tamimi / Yemen, United States of America, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arab Emirates / Short Documentary

  • Fever Dream

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

    A documentary about a reality that is stranger than fiction. Sick with the coronavirus, a couple films themselves in quarantine—a five-star hotel with a sea view and sealed windows.

    Ania Hendryx Wójtowicz / Qatar, Poland, United States of America / Short Documentary