Doha is preparing for “Press Play! »With the 9th Ajyal Film Festival from November 7 to 13 – Doha News



The seven-day film festival kicks off on November 7.

The ninth edition of the Ajyal Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute (DFI), will feature a week-long schedule of community-driven film screenings and events under the theme “Press Play!” To celebrate the nation’s spirit of unity and resilience in the face of the pandemic.

Audiences across the city can participate in the various offerings, with the physical presence of the festival to include venues in Katara, Sikkat Wadi Msheireb, Lusail and Vox Cinemas Doha Festival City.


Showcasing an innovative hybrid model that meets all government guidelines for theater capacity and security protocols, the seven-day festival from November 7 to 13, 2021, features an impressive roster of 85 films from 44 countries, including Qatar, in a compelling selection of 31 feature films and 54 short films highlighting new, emerging and accomplished cinematic voices.

Building on the continued success of the Festival and its public program, Ajyal’s solid reputation as a curator of award-winning international films is reflected in this year’s lineup which includes 22 incredible films by Arab filmmakers and 32 films. of female directors, demonstrating to what extent female talent are increasingly telling stories through cinema with conviction and creativity. The diversity of the selection highlights the creative work of talented filmmakers, who have continued to pursue their passion despite the challenges of the pandemic

This year’s Ajyal Film Festival will open with A Hero, directed by Oscar-winning Iranian film legend and DFI collaborator Asghar Farhadi. The film won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and is a gripping film with a slice of history that will resonate with everyone.


True to its signature style, A Hero is poignant and understated, and the moral dilemma the film unearths demonstrates Farhadi’s unique ability to turn ordinary human situations into cinematic masterpieces.

Ajyal 2021 will showcase 13 films supported by the Doha Film Institute, including recipients of Spring / Fall Grants, Co-Funding, Qatari Film Fund and Mentorship through one-year labs and workshops. Films supported by DFI this year include 1982, And Then They Burn the Sea, Border, Costa Brava, Liban, Don’t Get Too comfortable, Fever Dream, Land of Dreams, Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege Night, Olayan, Orca , School of hope and virtual voice.

The 2021 Made in Qatar program presented by Ooredoo will celebrate 10 promising young talents who realize their cinematic ambitions, some of whom have presented their stories to an international audience at major film events in Locarno and Venice. These films reflect the diversity of our nation and region, the richness of our culture and traditions, and our country’s rise to its rightful place on the world stage.


Following the success of DFI’s drive-in cinema in partnership with the Qatar National Tourism Council, Ajyal 2021 returns to celebrate the community cinema experience. Drive-in cinema screenings include 101 Dalmatians, Annabelle, Child’s Play, Harry Potter, The Philosopher’s Stone, The Conjuring and two brilliant animations – Maya the Bee – The Golden Orb and 101 Dalmatians.

The Ajyal Creativity Hub is a destination for film, art and music lovers who want to immerse themselves in multisensory experiences. Key activities available in person include Geekdom, Qatar’s largest and only pop culture event; Ajyal Talks, bringing together leaders in film, art, television and technology for inspiring and insightful discussions; and Ajyal Tunes, celebrating the country’s musical talents at themed concerts.

Drawing inspiration from the Al-Kurd family living in the besieged neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, this year’s Ajyal film exhibition, “We Will Not Leave” takes its name from their provocative and now iconic graffiti art. Curated by Sheikh Khalifa Al-Thani, the exhibition will draw attention to the daily struggle of the Palestinian people – through moving pieces from Qatar’s creative community, who have come together in a spirit of solidarity, support and kinship for our Palestinian brothers and sisters.

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