Posted on December 04, 2015

The third Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, concludes today (Saturday, Dec. 5) with the World Premiere of Bilal (UAE; 2015), directed by Ayman Jamal and Khurram H. Alavi. At the closing ceremony, the winners of the Ajyal Awards, chosen by a young jury aged 8 to 21, will be honoured.

The talent associated with Bilal, an inspiring story of faith, hope and self-discovery, will attend the red carpet gala. Tonight (Saturday) brings to close a week-long celebration of film, industry deliberations and live events tailored for film lovers and families. The festival showcase included 80 films from 36 countries including a showcase of 17 films ‘Made in Qatar.’

The festival had flagged off with the Middle East and North Africa premiere of The Idol (Palestine, UK, Qatar, The Netherlands; 2015), directed by Academy Award-nominated Hany Abu-Assad, bringing the inspiring life story of ‘Arab Idol’ champion Mohammed Assaf, with both of them in attendance. In a colourful celebration of cinema several short films in the Bariq segment that are selected to satisfy the excitement and curiosity of children from the age of four will also be screened on Saturday (Dec. 5) at 11.45 AM at the Katara Drama Theatre.

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The films include Crush (South Africa; 2014) by Brent Dawes, a classic cartoon comedy that is sure to have the little ones laughing out loud; The Law of the Jungle (Belgium; 2015) by Pascale Hecquet, an endearing tale that shows why sometimes cooperation is a better solution than competition; The Mitten (Belgium, France; 2014) by Clementine Robach, a funny story about making friends; and My Panda (France; 2014) by Camille Billaud, Doriane Lopez and Domitille Mellac, which shows why animals are to be treated with kindness and respect.

Film-lovers also have the final opportunity at Ajyal to watch some of the accomplished works in international cinema today (Saturday). Kick-start the day with Celestial Camel (Russia; 2014) by Yury Feting to screen at 11 AM at Katara 12 – Theatre A; the film is a heart-warming journey through a rarely seen part of the world. At 12 PM, Katara 12 – Theatre B will screen The Greatest House in the World (Guatemala, Mexico; 2015), directed by Ana V. Bojorquez and Lucia Carreras, a pensive film about independence and overcoming fears.

Walls (Spain, 2015) by Migueltxo Molina and Pablo Iraburu, which follows subjects on both sides of three contemporary borders, will screen at 2 PM at Katara 12 – Theatre A. Watch the adventure of a 11-year-old boy Leo, who is terminally ill but discovers that when he closes his eyes he can leave his body for a short time, in Phantom Boy (Belgium, France; 2015), directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, at 2.45 PM at Katara 12-Theatre B.

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At 2.45 PM at Katara Drama Theatre, watch in 3D, the spectacular Wolf Totem (China, France; 2015) by Academy Award-winner Jean-Jacques Annaud, which warns against meddling with the environment. Lamb (France, Ethiopia, Germany, Norway, Qatar; 2015), a clear-eyed look at a youth’s struggle to find his way in the world, directed by Yared Zeleke, screens at 5 PM at Katara 12 – Theatre A, while Mina Walking (Canada, Afghanistan; 2015) by Yosef Baraki, an astute examination on the plight facing the impoverished people of Afghanistan today, will screen at 5.45 PM at Katara 12 – Theatre B.

The Second Mother (Brazil, 2015) directed by Anna Muylaert at 8.30 PM at Katara 12 Theatre A. The film is a testament to the enduring bond between mothers and their children and features marvellous performances. The final screening at the festival will be Mia madre (Italy, France; 2015), directed by Nanni Moretti at 9.15 PM at Katara 12-Theatre B. It is a witty family drama inflected with finely tuned comedy. Festival-goers can purchase tickets from the Ajyal FNAC Ticket Outlet located in Lagoona Mall in addition to the Ajyal Katara Main Box Office located in Katara Building 12.

The Ajyal Katara Main Box Office will be open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The Ajyal FNAC Ticket Outlet will be open from 2:00 PM till 9:00 PM. Tickets can also be purchased securely online through the Festival’s website at Tickets are priced at QR 25 for regular screenings, and QR 40 for premium screenings (including the opening and closing night films). QM Culture Pass members get a discount of QR 5 on all regularly priced Festival screenings and events when they present their QM Culture Pass at any Festival ticket outlet. Pass holders can purchase up to two discounted tickets per screening.

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