103 films from 43 countries to be shown at Ajyal Youth Film Festival

Around 103 films from 43 countries are set to be shown at the fifth Ajyal Youth Film Festival, scheduled to take place at Katara – the Cultural Village from November 29 to December 4.


The opening of the event, which will be organised by DFI, will be marked by the screening of ‘The Breadwinner (Canada/Ireland/ Luxembourg, 2017)’ by Nora Twomey and executive produced by actor Angelina Jolie.

As reported by Gulf Times, the film is an animated Afghan tale of an 11-year old girl who uses her creativity in earning money to support her mother and sister after her father was unjustly arrested. 

It is based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis about Parvana.

DFI CEO Fatma al-Remaihi, noted that the film shines a spotlight on a young girl's will and determination, and is a powerful tribute to the positive spirit of humanity – instilling hope, self-confidence and motivation.

She further added that Ajyal puts young people around the world at the heart of its story, highlighting social issues that affect them, including migration crisis, familial bonding, loss of loved ones, the lack of opportunity or the urgent need for empowerment of girls and young women.

The festival is set to showcase 36 public screenings of the films, 18 screenings dedicated to the Ajyal jury, interactive panel discussions (at Ajyal Talks), red-carpet events, and community-oriented activities for all ages.

Author: Gaurav Sarma   

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