HE Dr Hamad bin Abdul Aziz al-Kuwari, Fatma al-Remaihi, and Hassan al-Malki welcomed members of the diplomatic community at a special reception for the Second Ajyal Youth Film Festival.


Members of the diplomatic community came together yesterday in celebration of the Doha Film Institute’s upcoming second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival which will screen 90 films from 43 different countries, from December 1 to 6 at Katara Cultural Village.

HE the Minister of Culture Arts and Heritage Dr Hamad bin Abdul Aziz al-Kuwari addressed the guests and said that film is a very powerful medium for generating understanding between cultures and between generations. 

“We come together from many different backgrounds but seeing each other’s stories on screen reminds us that we are all connected in our human experience,” he explained.

In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the sidelines of a reception hosted yesterday by the Doha Film Institute in honour of ambassadors on the occasion of the launch of Ajyal Youth Film Festival on December 1, Dr al-Kuwari added that the State of Qatar, in co-operation with the ambassadors and diplomats accredited to the State, has always sought to promote culture and art and participate in all local and international events.

Doha Film Institute’s acting CEO and director of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, Fatma al-Remaihi also addressed the guests expressing her thanks to the diplomatic community for supporting the Festival’s aims to foster cultural diversity through film appreciation.

The Festival’s principal partner Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s deputy general manager Hassan al-Malki was also present.

The Ajyal Youth Film Festival builds on the Doha Film Institute’s history of community-based programming. Ajyal, meaning ‘generations’ in Arabic, invites people of all ages to come together to discuss cinema through events that inspire creative interaction, opening up a fun, collaborative environment where young people can express themselves. Driven with the goal to inspire and create, Ajyal has been designed to empower the region’s youth and to inspire film enthusiasts of all ages in Qatar and the region.

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