Ajyal Film Festival selects 12 feature films for the 10th edition

Mohaq, Hilal and Bader are the three competition categories in which the 12 feature films and 26 short films will be screened for the Ajyal jury.

Ajyal Film Festival has selected 12 feature films, including several award-winning works by eminent and emerging filmmakers, which will be evaluated by nearly 600 jurors.

The 10th special edition of the Ajyal Film Festival will be held from October 1 to 8.

The selected films celebrate diversity and cover a wide range of themes – from coping with grief and mental health, to playful comedies about brotherly affection and how millennials are adjusting to the realities facing them. surround.

The feature films and a large selection of 26 short films will be screened for the Ajyal Jury in the three categories of the competition: Mohaq (jurors aged 8 to 12); Hilal (13 to 17 years old) and Bader (18 to 25 years old). They will watch the films, discuss with their peers around the world and evaluate them to select the winners of the festival.

Speaking about the shortlisted films, Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Director General of the Doha Film Institute and Director of the festival, said: “Delivering inspiring stories of connection, optimism and human spirit to overcome ordeals with powerfully creative storytelling, this year’s feature selection seeks bold themes that resonate with young people around the world.

“Many of the films have young protagonists who successfully navigate the challenges around them in an increasingly complex world. The themes are handled with sensitivity and continue to convey messages of hope and positivity to inspire our young people to reflect , to make meaningful connections and to find a deeper understanding of the shared human experience.

Feature films in the Mohaq category include Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo (Canada, France/2022), by Marya Zarif and André Kadi; apple day (Iran, Turkey/2022), by Mahmoud Ghaffari; Big man (Netherlands, Germany/2022) by Camiel Schouwenaar; and Princess Dragon (France/2022) by Jean-Jacques Denis.

The screening of feature films in the Hilal category is After Yang (USA/2022) a sci-fi drama written, directed and edited by Kogonada; queen of comedy (Sweden/2021) by Sanna Lenken; The territory (Brazil, Denmark, USA/2022), by Alex Pritz; and acclaimed filmmaker Ali Asgari brings his second DFI-supported feature, Until tomorrow (Iran, France, Qatar/2022).

Feature films in the Bader category include Our brothers (France/2022) by Rachid Bouchareb; Kash Kash – Without feathers we cannot live (Lebanon, Germany/2022), by Lea Najjar; and My sister Liv (Australia, USA/2022), by Alan Hicks; and Hafreiat (Spain, Qatar, Jordan/2022) by Alex Sardà.

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