Ajyal Film Fes­ti­val seeks to spark cu­rios­ity, bridge di­verse cul­tures

Gulf Times - - QATAR -

As­e­lec­tion of 13 “thought­pro­vok­ing” fea­ture films that present di­verse per­spec­tives of life will com­pete for the top hon­ours at the Ajyal Film Fes­ti­val to be held from No­vem­ber 28 to De­cem­ber 3 at Katara – the Cul­tural Vil­lage, the or­gan­is­ers have said.

Set to in­spire youth au­di­ences in the three jury cat­e­gories of Mo­haq, Hi­lal and Bader, this year’s fea­ture films cu­rated from across the globe “cel­e­brate this year’s themes of hope, courage and re­silience us­ing cre­atively pow­er­ful nar­ra­tives”.

Ajyal ju­rors watch and an­a­lyse fea­ture and short films in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories, award­ing Best Film prizes in all cat­e­gories.

“Un­der­lin­ing Doha Film In­sti­tute (DFI)’s com­mit­ment to sup­port qual­ity film pro­duc­tions, four films in com­pe­ti­tion are backed by the DFI, re­in­forc­ing Qatar’s con­tin­ued fo­cus on pro­mot­ing dis­tinc­tive and com­pelling nar­ra­tives of uni­ver­sal res­o­nance,” DFI said in a state­ment.

“Our se­lec­tion of fea­ture films this year stands out for their bold themes, cre­ative nar­ra­tives and su­perb pro­duc­tion value,” said Fatma Has­san al-Re­maihi, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor and CEO of DFI.

“What makes them in­cred­i­bly com­pelling is how they res­onate with a global au­di­ence in evoca­tive story-telling. Bring­ing us tales from far and near, these in­spir­ing sto­ries re­flect a slice of real life of­ten over­looked by main­stream sto­ry­tellers. The cho­sen films high­light the heal­ing power of sto­ry­telling and will spark di­a­logue and de­bate through their poignant takes on life and the hu­man spirit.”

In com­pe­ti­tion in the Mo­haq seg­ment for ju­rors aged eight to 12 are Next Door Spy (Den­mark/2017) by Karla von Bengt­son; Supa Modo

(Kenya, Ger­many/2018) by Likar­ion Wainaina; The Night I Swam

(Ja­pan, France/2017) by Ko­hei Igarashi and Damien Manivel; and Zoo (Ire­land, UK/2017) by Colin McIvor.

Ajyal Ju­rors aged 13 to 17 in the Hi­lal cat­e­gory will watch and eval­u­ate four fea­ture films – Leave No Trace (US/2018) by De­bra Granik; Mi­rai (Ja­pan/2018) by Mamoru Hosoda; The Price of Free (US/2018) by Derek Doneen; and What Walaa Wants (Den­mark, Canada/2018) by Christy Gar­land.

Ajyal Bader Ju­rors aged 18 to 21 will choose a win­ner from five fea­ture films: Caphar­naum (Le­banon/2018) by Na­dine Labaki; Cen­tral Air­port THF (Ger­many, France, Brazil/2017) by Karim Ai­nouz; Free­dom Fields (Libya, UK, US, Nether­lands, Canada, Le­banon, Qatar/2018) by Naz­iha Arebi; On Hap­pi­ness Road (Tai­wan/2017) by Hsin-Yin Sung; and Weldi (Tu­nisia, France, Bel­gium, Qatar/2018) by Mo­hamed Ben At­tia.

Tick­ets go on sale on No­vem­ber 13 at FNAC stores (La­goona Mall and Doha Fes­ti­val City) and on No­vem­ber 17 at the Ajyal Katara Main Box Of­fice, Build­ing 12. On­line ticket sales start on No­vem­ber 13 at www.do­hafilmin­sti­tute.com/fes­ti­val.

Scenes from (left) and

Cen­tral Air­port THF Mi­rai.

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