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Posted On: 19 November 2019 09:57 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:05 pm

Ajyal Film Festival 2019 opens with a bang

Binu Cherian
Binu Cherian
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The seventh edition of the Ajyal Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute (DFI), marked its opening night against the mesmerising backdrop of Katara Cultural Village yesterday night (18 November). The opening night’s red carpet was lined with distinguished guests, senior officials and dignitaries from Qatar and the wider Arab world, DFI board members, as well as celebrities from regional and international cinema.

LR -HE Issa Bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, HE Sheikh Thani Al Thani, Yasmine Hamdan, Elia Suleiman, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa Al Thani, Fatma Alremaihi, Abdulla Al-Mosallam

Local dignitaries and members of the DFI Board of Trustees in attendance included HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of the Doha Film Institute; HE Sheikh Thani bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Member of DFI Board of Trustees; HE Nasser Bin Ghanem Al-Khulaifi, Chairman of the beIN Media Group and member of the DFI Board of Trustees; HE Issa Bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, Managing Director Barwa Real Estate and Vice-Chairman of the DFI Board of Directors; and HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, Minister of State.

Filmmakers and creative talents from the region and beyond included special guest and actor, Chace Crawford, Mohamed El Mustafa, and Kris Hitchen. Qatari filmmakers and talents on the red carpet included Salah Al Mulla, Khalifa Al Marri, A.J. Al-Thani, Hamida Issa, Abdulaziz Yousif and Nouf Al-Sulaiti, among others.

In line with its overarching theme, Ajyal 2019 opened with the Middle East premier of DFI co-financed film It Must Be Heaven (France, Canada, Palestine/2019), a satirical comedy of identity, nationality and belonging that follows award-winning Palestinian auteur Elia Suleiman’s personal story of leaving his homeland Palestine for the bustling metropolises of Paris and New York.

Amjad Abu Alala and the You Will Die At Twenty cast

Tickets for the 7th Ajyal Film Festival are available for purchase at the Ajyal Main Box Office located in Katara Building 10; at the Ajyal Box Office at VOX Cinemas Doha Festival City for screenings taking place at VOX Cinemas; and from the Novo Cinemas Box Office for screenings at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. For ticket purchase and up-to-date information on the Ajyal Film Festival, please visit:

Source: Press release