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Posted On: 18 December 2013 02:08 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Filipino film show to raise funds for typhoon victims

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Ajyal Youth Film Festival, with the support of the Philippine Embassy and Philippine School Doha, will have a charity screening of A Shout from Within (Qatar/Filipino 2013) at Katara tomorrow to raise funds for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Directed by Doha-based Filipino director Jan Xavier Pacle, the film is about eight students from the Filipino community in Qatar — all from different family backgrounds, with personal struggles to overcome — and their unique ensemble story about acceptance and reconciliation. Shot in the school, the film was written by students of the school, which serves to make the issues of its characters more resonant. Fatma Al Remaihi, Festival Director, said: “We are deeply moved to hear about the recent tragedies in the Philippines and we at the Doha Film Institute send our thoughts and prayers out to the people affected. We are pleased to present this special charity screening, which highlights the personal stories of the Filipino community in Qatar, to raise funds to assist those in need.” The free screening will be held at the Sony Open Air cinema. Seating is limited and available on the first-come, first-served basis. All donations given will be matched by DFI/ Otaku Exhibition Meanwhile, the ‘Otaku Exhibition,’ dedicated to Japanese anime, will open to public at the festival from today until Saturday at Katara. Featuring works by artists, from galleries and social clubs, the expo brings to life the world of novels, comic books, and the art of manga, in one dynamic celebration. With works curated by Abdulla Al Mosallam, visitors to the exhibition can gain insights into works by local artists, including Fatima Alnesf, Kholoud Al Ali and Abdulaziz Yousif. The artists are working alongside cultural institutions and organisations, including AnimeQtr and Qatar Japan Youth Association. Fans of anime looking to embody their favourite characters can participate in the ‘Otaku Cosplay Event’ on Friday, where residents and visitors will have the opportunity to scoop awards for Best Male, Best Female, Best Group, and Open Category which is open to all other costumes styles. Visitors will also be able to participate in workshops, including The Making of a Comic Book; Qatari Japanese Traditional Games; Cosplay Costume Making; Cosplay Hair & Makeup; Origami making; Introduction to Shogi; Anime History; Qartoon workshop; and Anime Stop Motion workshop. Over the three days, festival-goers can trade collectible cards; purchase anime merchandise and games; participate in the ‘Super Villain Hunt;’ Munny Painting and ‘Make-your-own-Manga,’ to understand various facets of anime. *image from Doha Film Institute