Experience magical performances and compelling feature films Saturday, the concluding day of Ajyal Film Festival 2019, the annual cinema event hosted by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) at Katara – the Cultural Village.
As the festival curtains draws to a close, Ajyal’s Wonder & Under the Moonlight Cine-Concert will offer a unique musical show, presented by the Forum des Images, to delight young and old.
Geekdom offers cosplay competitions, video game tournaments, and cult-classic screenings to engage the community.
Talented youth artists enthrall the audience at Ajyal Tunes
A feast for all the senses, a thrilling selection of shorts about tales of the stars, sun and moon will be held at 11.30am at Katara Building 16 and is free to the public.
Live musicians will accompany: Get the Moon by Jutta Schunemann, Sooner or Later by Jadwiga Kowalska, Lunette by Phoebe Warries, A Little Star by Svetlana Andrianova, and Little Wolf by An Vrombaut.
Ajyal Tunes got off to a rocking start Friday with electrifying performances from Doha’s underground music scene, featuring talented youth artists Sana Zharandi, Amjad Essam, Savanna Rose, Varun, Omar Abdulaziz, Ayman Shukur, Jerin Jose, Jueun, Mothanna, and Omar al-Yafai, among others, curated by Qatari artist Dana al-Meer.
Qatar-based singer/songwriter and rapper Mvrs rounded off the show with a stirring rap performance. An exciting celebration of musical talents from every discipline, Ajyal Tunes is part of the festival’s growing artistic scope – showcasing and celebrating arts and culture from every discipline.
Don’t miss out on the last day of the Ajyal Creativity Hub and its bustling activities at Geekdom, Qatar’s largest pop-culture event presented in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council, and ARC, Ajyal’s interactive multimedia exhibition featuring artworks by 19 of Qatar’s most promising artists and creative talents.
Located in Katara Buildings 18 and 19, all performances and exhibits will remain open to the public until 10pm.
The Feel short film programme will explore the power of intuition in shaping our sense of the world with a curated selection of ten short films screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, at 12.30pm, including Belles etoiles (France/2017) by Naima 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, 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 al-Muhannadi; The Stained Club (France/2018) by Melanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Beatrice Viguier; Beit Byoot (Jordan, Qatar/2019) by Mayar Hamdan; The Unlucky Hamster (Qatar, Indonesia/2019) by Abdulaziz Mohamed Khashabi; Child of the Earth (Switzerland, US/2018) by Claudio Fah; The Kite (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland/2019) by Martin Smatana; and Nada Bedair’s Paper Kite (Qatar/2019).
The Overcome short film selection, screening at 3pm at Vox Cinemas, Doha Festival City, is a testament to the ability of people to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams.
The programme includes: Layla (UK/2019) by Celine Cotran; Jolanta Bankowska’s Story (Poland/2019); Youth (Egypt, US/2019) by Farida Zahran; Thermostat 6 (France/2018) by Maya Av-ron, Mylene Cominotti, Marion Coudert, Sixtine Dano; Maradona’s Legs (Germany, Palestine/2019) by Firas Khoury; Esperança (France/2019) by Cecile Rousset, Jeanne Paturle, Benjamin Serero; 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, Elena Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimarães, Ines Scheiber; Refuge (Qatar/2019) by Maha Essid; and Fragile (Qatar/2019) by Kholood al-Ali.
Qatar residents will also have the opportunity to watch an exciting selection of feature films Saturday: For Sama (Syria, UK/2019, PG-18) by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts screening at Vox Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 5.30pm; Ailo’s Journey (France, Finland/2018) by Guillaume Maidatchevsky will screen at Novo Cinemas, The Pearl-Qatar at 5.30pm; DFI-supported feature Bombay Rose (India, France, UK, Qatar/2019, PG-18) by Gitanjali Rao screeening at 8.30pm at Novo Cinemas, The Pearl-Qatar; DFI-supported film You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar/2019, PG-15) by Amjad Abu Alala will screen at Vox Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 8.30pm; and Honeyland (North Macedonia/2019) by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska will screen at 6pm at Vox Cinemas, Doha Festival City.