Ajyal Film Festival will fo­cus on in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries

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An eclec­tic se­lec­tion of 13 thought­pro­vok­ing fea­ture films from across the globe will present di­verse per­spec­tives of life and in­spire au­di­ences at the sev­enth Ajyal Film Festival, tak­ing place from Novem­ber 18-23 at Katara – the Cul­tural Vil­lage.

De­liv­er­ing in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries of hope, re­silience and courage us­ing pow­er­fully cre­ative nar­ra­tives, the se­lected films will be as­sessed across three dis­tinct ju­ries - Mo­haq, Hi­lal and Bader.

Each jury is pre­sented a se­lec­tion of care­fully cu­rated fea­ture and short films that echo this year’s theme in fo­cus ‘Find Film, Find Life’. Ajyal ju­rors will an­a­lyse and de­lib­er­ate on films in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories, award­ing the Best Film prizes ac­cord­ingly.

Two fea­ture films screen­ing in com­pe­ti­tion are sup­ported by the Doha Film In­sti­tute (DFI), un­der­lin­ing the In­sti­tute’s com­mit­ment to un­lock cre­ative voices and sup­port qual­ity film pro­duc­tions and re­in­forc­ing Qatar’s con­tin­ued fo­cus on pro­mot­ing dis­tinc­tive and com­pelling nar­ra­tives of universal res­o­nance.

“Con­tem­pla­tive, en­cour­ag­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing – this year’s fea­ture films help us find the na­ture of life and iden­tity and our place within an ever-chang­ing, deeply in­ter­con­nected world,” said Fatma Has­san al-Re­maihi, festival di­rec­tor and CEO of DFI.

“With their pow­er­ful nar­ra­tives and com­plex sto­ry­telling tech­niques, each of the films strikes a del­i­cate bal­ance be­tween hope and in­tro­spec­tion, ul­ti­mately in­spir­ing a sense of unity among in­quis­i­tive ju­rors across all age cat­e­gories. We are ex­cited to be­come part of their week-long de­bates and de­lib­er­a­tions while they find the dif­fer­ent ways to ex­pe­ri­ence, feel and over­come the chal­lenges of life through cin­ema.”

In the Mo­haq seg­ment for ju­rors aged 8-12 are Ailo’s Jour­ney (France, Fin­land/2018) by Guil­laume Mai­datchevsky; Ja­cob, Mimmi and the Talk­ing Dogs (Latvia, Poland/2019) by Ed­munds Jan­sons; Oualid Mouaness’s 1982 (Lebanon, USA, Nor­way, Qatar/2019) and The Arc­tic Camels (Nor­way, Mon­go­lia/2019) by Karl Emil Rikard­sen.

Ajyal Ju­rors aged 13-17 in the Hi­lal cat­e­gory will watch and eval­u­ate Honey­land (North Mace­do­nia/2019) by Ljubomir Ste­fanov and Tamara Kotevska; Land of Ashes (Costa Rica, Ar­gentina, Chile, France/2019) by Sofía Quiros Ubeda; The Farewell (USA, China/2019) by Lulu Wang and Gints Zil­balodis’s

Away (Latvia/2019).

Ajyal’s Bader Ju­rors aged 18-21 will choose a win­ner among For Sama

(Syria, UK/2019) by Waad al-Kateab and Ed­ward Watts; Give Me Lib­erty

(USA/2019) by Kir­ill Mikhanovsk­y;

Sorry We Missed You (UK, France, Bel­gium/2019) by Ken Loach; Chil­dren of the Sea (Ja­pan/2019) by Ayumu Watan­abe and Am­jad Abu Alala’s You Will Die at Twenty (Su­dan, France, Egypt, Ger­many, Nor­way, Qatar/2019).

The Mo­haq Se­lec­tion:

•Ailo’s Jour­ney is a heart-warm­ing tale of a baby rein­deer and its mother as they over­come in­cred­i­ble ob­sta­cles to com­plete their first mi­gra­tion through the white frozen ex­panses of the po­lar cir­cle.

Chil­dren of the Sea

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