The Ajyal Creativity Hub opened its doors yesterday at the 7th edition of the Ajyal Film Festival, the annual cinema event hosted by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) held at Katara – the Cultural Village, delivering a slate of interactive events to the public, including Qatar’s largest pop-culture event, Geekdom, and the ARC storytelling exhibition.
A celebration of pop-culture, Geekdom, presented in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council, offers cosplay competitions, video game tournaments, and cult-classic screenings to engage the community. Entrance to the Geekdom pavilion in Katara Buildings 18 and 19 is open to the public.
Made in Qatar returned with a two-part programme of 22 internationally and locally shot shorts, attesting to the ever-expanding influence of our burgeoning film industry, while ARC, an art exhibition, opened for free public viewing from 10am-10pm until November 21 and 2pm-10pm on November 22 in Katara Building 19, Gallery 1. The multimedia exhibition features eclectic artworks by 19 of Qatar’s most promising artists and creative talents.
Today, the third day of the festival, continues with a free screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider Universe (US/2018) by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman as part of the Geekdom pavilion at 4pm at Katara Building 18. Seating is limited, and the film is accessible for children.
A variety of feature films will be screened throughout today: Winner of The Golden Butterfly for Best Animation at the International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2019 (Isfahan), Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs (Latvia, Poland/2019) by Edmunds Jansons will be screened at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl at 5.30pm. DFI-supported film To the Ends of The Earth (Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar/2019) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa is screening at 5.30pm at Vox Cinemas Doha Festival City. The screening is rated PG-15. Winner of the Golden Eye Documentary Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2019, For Sama (Syria, UK/2019) will screen at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl at 6pm. The screening is rated PG-18.
Amjad Abu Alala’s DFI-supported film You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar/2019) will screen at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl at 8.30pm and is rated PG-15.
Screening at 8.30pm at Vox Cinemas Doha Festival City is PG-15 rated Sorry We Missed You (UK, France, Belgium/2019) by Ken Loach.
Sofía Quiros Ubeda’s Land of Ashes (Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, France/2019), rated PG-15, will screen at 9pm at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl.
Tickets for the 7th Ajyal Film Festival are available for purchase at the Ajyal Main Box Office located in Katara Building 10; at the Ajyal Box Office at Vox Cinemas Doha Festival City for screenings taking place at Vox Cinemas; and from the Novo Cinemas Box Office for screenings at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. For ticket purchase and up-to-date information on the Ajyal Film Festival, please visit:
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