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A quick guide to Ajyal film fest

A quick guide to Ajyal film fest

Ajyal Youth Film Festival inaugural edition shines the spotlight on Anime features and shorts.

Use the guide for a quick snapshot of what you can expect at the five-day festival that starts tomorrow.

Here are JustHere‘s suggestions:

Opening Night Film

The Wind Rises

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ is inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the celebrated designer of the beautiful and famed Japanese Zero fighter, as well as the filmmaker’s own fascination with aviation. Watch the trailor here.
Rating: PG 15
Screening: Tue, November 26, 7.00pm, Katara Drama Theatre (K16-DT)
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Doors open at 5.30pm and close at 7.00pm
Dress: National attire, Formal

Closing Night Films

Garden Of Words

‘Garden of Words’ is as elegant, metaphorical and introspective as the tanka poem that frames it, with the evocative rainy season of Japan’s Kantō region providing a poetic backdrop for a chance encounter between a dreamy teenager and an emotionally wounded woman. Watch the trailor here.
Rating: PG 15
Screening: Sat, November 30, 8.45pm, Katara Drama Theatre (K16-DT)

Voices Of A Distant Star

Mikako and Noboru have only had eyes for each other since middle school, but when she’s recruited by the UN to be a member of its Space Army, they become star-crossed lovers separated by space and time. Watch the trailor here
Rating: PG 15
Screening: Sat, November 30, 8.45pm, Katara Drama Theatre (K16-DT)

Films are divided into five sections, and the best film will be chosen from each category by young jurors.

Bariq

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The Candy Tree

A little boy saves his last candy and plants it in the back yard, but the years go by and nothing grows from this unusual seed. As an old man, he still casts a glance at the barren spot from time to time, laughing at his childish attempt to grow a candy tree. And yet, somehow dreams do come true, even though grown-ups may have lost the imagination to see them.
Screening: 3pm, Sat, November 30 Katara 12 Theatre A.

Flying Paper

This uplifting documentary portraying the quest of a group of youths in Gaza to break the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown is also a profound metaphor for the power of imagination confronting the constraints of a difficult reality.
Screening: 5.45pm, Sat, November 30, at Building 12 Theater B in Katara. Watch the trailor here.

All Bariq Films will be screened on November 30, from 3pm onwards. The longest film is 71 minutes and the shortest is 1 minute. This will be a free screening but seats will be subject to availability. Films here will be judged by children between the ages of 4 and 7. Click here for the full list of films.

Mohaq

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The Boy With Chocolate Fingers

Donald is not like any other kid: his fingers are made of chocolate bars! Treated as an outcast because of this unusual feature, when he meets the love of his life, he gets a chance to turn what makes him different into his greatest asset.
Screening: 2.30pm, Fri, November 29, at Katara 12 Theatre A.

A Shout from Within

Eight students from the Filipino community in Doha – all from different family backgrounds, all with personal struggles to overcome – are the subject of this unique ensemble story about acceptance and reconciliation. Watch the trailor here.
Screening: 10pm, Thu, November 28, at the Sony Open-Air Cinema in Katara. This is a free screening with limited seating.

Films in this category will be screened on November 27, 28, 29 and 30, and will be judged by children between the ages of 8 and 12. Films from Mohaq Shorts and Qatar Year Of Culture Cinema Showcase (which highlight the current ties with the United Kingdom and with Brazil in the next year) will be screened under this section. Click here for the full list of films.

Hilal

Regret

Based on a popular book by celebrated Dutch author Carry Slee, ‘Regret’ sharply and sensitively addresses the scourge of school bullying – unfortunately a timely and relevant topic – and ultimately encourages people to speak up and take action before it’s too late.
Watch the trailor here
Screening: 4.30pm, Wed, November 27, at Katara Opera House and on Fri, November 29, at 10:15pm, at Katara 12 Theatre B.

Films here will be judged by youngsters between the ages of 13 and 17. Films under this section will be screened on November 27, 28, 29 and 30. Click here for the full list of films.

Bader

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In case you forgot

The codes of UAE society tell men and women how they ought to conduct themselves in public. What happens, then, when a young man who behaves inappropriately finds out that his sister wants to do the same?
Screening: 11.30 am, Sat, November 30, at Katara 12 Theatre B.

Whale Valley

The dissonant inner life of a lonely young man is amplified by the isolation of the remote Icelandic countryside that serves as the majestic backdrop for the drama of ‘Whale Valley’. Like the film’s titular creature, the youth feels stranded ashore and only the powerful bond that ties him to his sensitive younger brother keeps him from contemplating suicide.
Watch the trailor here.
Screening: 11.30am, Sat, November 30, at 11.30am, at Katara 12 Theatre B.

Films in this category will be judged by young adults between the ages of 18 and 21. Films under this section will be screened on November 27, 28, 29 and 30. A few films from Bader Shorts will be screened here, while the rest will be feature films. Click here for the full list of films

Made in Qatar

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One In Five

A Qatari mother tries to make a connection with her young autistic son.
Screening: 7.45pm, Fri, November 29, at the Katara Drama Theatre.

Sweet Violence

A young girl tries to cope with her parents’ domestic quarrelling by playing with her toys, but the reality of the situation keeps finding her.
Screening: 7.45pm, Fri, November 29, at the Katara Drama Theatre.

All films under this section will be screened on November 29, from 7.45pm onwards. Click here for the full list of films.

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