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AN inspiring selection of 32 powerful films from across the globe are featured in three programmes of short films based on themes including ‘Feel’, ‘Overcome’ and ‘Experience’ at Ajyal Film Festival 2019, the Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) annual cinema event taking place at Katara Cultural Village from November 18 to 23.
Festival Director and Chief Executive Officer of DFI Fatma Hassan Alremaihi said: “Our carefully curated international short films programme reflects our commitment to develop and nurture our youth to understand that overcoming life’s challenges is integral to one’s personal and creative journey. Films use the language of imagination to create a shared experience that can shape our perception of the world and teach our children powerful lessons.”
The ‘Feel’ selection of films, to screen at VOX Cinemas at 12.30pm on November 23 will explore the power of intuition in shaping our sense of the world. The films include Watch Belles étoiles (France/2017) by Naïma Di Piero and Elhadj Sidib; Like an Elephant in a China Shop (France/2017) by Louise Chevrier, Luka Fischer, Rodolphe Groshens, Marie Guillon, Estelle Martinez, Benoit Paillard and Lisa Rasasombat; Hedgehog (France/2018) by Vaibhav Keswani, Jeanne Laureau, Colombine Majou, Morgane Mattard, Kaisa Pirttinen and Jong-ha Yoon; Maha’mel (Ships) (Qatar/2018) by Dhabya AlMuhannadi; The Stained Club (France/2018) by Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang and Béatrice Viguier; Beit Byoot (Jordan, Qatar/2019) by Mayar Hamdan; The Unlucky Hamster (Qatar, Indonesia/2019) by Abdulaziz Mohammed Khashabi; Child of the Earth (Switzerland, USA/2018) by Claudio F?h; The Kite (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland/2019) by Martin Smatana; and Nada Bedair’s Paper Kite (Qatar/2019).
The ‘Overcome’ section screening at 3pm on November 23 at VOX Cinemas, is a testament to the ability of people to overcome any obstacles in pursuit of their dreams. The programme includes: Layla (UK/2019) by Celine Cotran; Jolanta Ba?kowska’s Story (Poland/2019); Youth (Egypt, USA/2019) by Farida Zahran; Thermostat 6 (France/2018) by Maya Av-ron, Mylène Cominotti, Marion Coudert and Sixtine Dano; Maradona’s Legs (Germany, Palestine/2019) by Firas Khoury; Esperança (France/2019) by Cécile Rousset; Fault Line (Iran/2018) by Soheil Amirsharifi; Baptiste Drapeau’s Half and Half (France/2018); The Helmet (Yemen/2019) by Osama Khaled; Memo (France/2017) by Julien Becquer, Eléna Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimar?es and Ines Scheiber; Refuge (Qatar/2019) by Maha Essid; and Fragile (Qatar/2019) by Kholood al Ali.
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