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28 November 2017 12:00 am

Celebrating 5 years of Ajyal Youth Film Festival — bigger than ever!

The Ajyal Youth Film Festival is back, celebrating five years this time! Read the article to find out what's in store and how film is being celebrated!
Rumana Shaikh
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The Ajyal Youth Film Festival is back, and this time, it’s bigger than ever! What’s even more exciting is that it’s Ajyal’s 5 year anniversary! 

Watch this video celebrating 5 years of film with Ajyal! 

The festival this year will be presenting a whopping 103 films from 43 countries, expressing the power of storytelling to transform minds and get the youth thinking about relevant issues.

The films, coming from diverse backgrounds with a multitude of stories will shed light on a variety of perspectives. Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO of the Doha Film Institute, said, “This year, we’re showing the biggest program ever in Ajyal and it’s really fantastic to be able to do that for Qatar, in a time of siege that we’re in now. So it’s really great to bring 10 new MENA premieres, more than 100 films, 55 films from the Arab world, 52 films by women filmmakers, and 16 films made by Qataris and people who call Qatar home.”

The festival will run from November 29th to December 4th at Katara Cultural Village and will be opening with the Middle East premiere of The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey, executive produced by Angelina Jolie!  

Ajyal is also going to celebrate the evolving art form of animation, which represents nearly half of the film line-up this year! This year’s festival will also screen 25 films supported by the Doha Film Institute.

This year, Ajyal has expended its community outreach with the launch of the Al Ahali program for parents. The program allows opportunity and encourages parents of the youth to attend and participate in the sessions, perhaps even inspiring them to work creatively together. 

Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include the Made in Qatar Program presented by Occidental Petroleum, which will celebrate work made right here in Qatar. Films featured in the program include Dreams That Stayed, Treasures of the Past and Smicha, among others. 

Another interesting program is the Made in Kuwait program, which invites the country to share examples of their classic and contemporary cinema! 

Ajyal is a great way to showcase and experience talent in the region and is making huge waves in the film world. So don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of it! 

 Will you be a part of this incredible experience? Let us know! And don't forget to like and share — it keeps us going!