Eight short films in the ‘Made in Qatar’ programme of the third Ajyal Youth Film Festival will be screened tonight at Katara Dram Theatre.
The programme includes 17 films, the remaining of which will be shown on Friday at 7pm followed by the awards ceremony.
Presented with the support of Tarsheed, the ‘Made in Qatar’ films will be evaluated by a jury of Saudi actress and filmmaker Ahd; multi-award winning TV host Marcel Ghanem; and award-winning film producer Bassam Al Ibrahim.
The showcase of short films today includes Heart of the House which takes behind-the-scenes look at Oryx Rotana, revealing diverse stories and dreams of people from 37 countries building new lives for themselves in Qatar.
Her Majlis takes viewers to the heart of the women’s majlis, an important element of many Qatari households, to explore the history of these gathering places.
If They Only Knew depicts how the follies of youth can haunt us even as time passes through the story of Ahmed, an insomniac.
Light Sounds is about two Sri Lankans who work as cleaners at a mosque in Qatar, reminding us that every face might hide an unrecognised talent.
The Notebook is a diarist film that explores the limits of personal boundaries and complicated dynamics of inner lives through the life of Nora trying to make a film for the first time.
The Palm Tree is an observational documentary that shows how unnatural nature can be and unearths the science fiction in reality.
To My Mother is a tribute to her mother now accomplishing her dream of getting an education just when her youngest child began his studies.
Yellow Nights is about a chance encounter that has the power to alter not just the course of a young man’s life but also an elderly man who finds himself at similar crossroads in life.
Also today is Doha Giffoni Youth Media Summit session on ‘Children in Conflict Areas,’ that centres on how film and media content creation can assist children to share their stories.
Other films to be screened tonight are Taxi Tehran; An; Walls; Celestial Camel; and Modern Times.
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