Ajyal Film Festival will focus on inspirational stories
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
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