Ajyal festival presents exciting feature films


The 9th Ajyal Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute (DFI), offers local moviegoers memorable big-screen cinema experiences with screenings of exciting feature films at the Katara Cultural Village and VOX Cinemas in Doha Festival City from 7 to November 13. The screenings are part of the festival’s return to in-person events this year, in a safe environment that meets government health guidelines.

Costa Brava, Lebanon by Mounia Akl

Ajyal Film Festival 2021 feature films to be screened at Katara Drama Theater (Building 16) and VOX Cinemas Doha Festival City include: Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prix winner, ‘Feathers’ from Omar El Zohairy; “Costa Brava Lebanon” supported by DFI by Mounia Akl; “Writing with Fire” by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh; Supported by DFI, “Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege” by Abdullah al-Khatib; “Orca” by Sahar Mossayebi; Co-funded by DFI, ‘Land of Dreams’ by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari and ‘Not So Friendly Neighborhood Affair’ by Danis Tanovic.

Orca of Sahar Mossayebi

“Captains of Zaatari” by Ali El Arabi; Beneficiary DFI, ‘School of Hope’ of Mohamed El Aboudi; winner of the Grand Prix in Cannes, ‘A Hero’ by Asghar Farhadi; “Asteroid” by Mehdi Hoseiniv and Aalipour; Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival, “Brother’s Keeper” by Ferit Karahan; Audience Award Winner at the 2021 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, “Dear Future Children” by Franz Böhm; NETPAC Award winner in Busan, “Fighter” by Jero Yun; winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at SXSW 2021, “Lily Topples the World” by Jeremy Workman; Laura Wandel’s “Playground”; “Nobody should know” by Bouli Lanners; ‘Josée, the tiger and the fish’ by Kotaro Tamura and ‘Poupelle of Chimney Town’ by Yusuke Hirota are the other flagship films screened during the festival.


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