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Qatar’s ‘Ajyal’ film festival shows 6 Kuwaiti short films

‘Made in Kuwait’ session sheds light on Kuwaiti cinematic vision

Film director at Doha Film Institute Sheikha Rawdha Al-Thani.

DOHA, Dec 3, (KUNA): The Qatari ‘Ajyal’ Film Festival presented six short films by Kuwaiti directors in a special “Made in Kuwait” session to shine light on Kuwaiti cinematic visions. In a statement to KUNA on Sunday, film director at Doha Film Institute Sheikha Rawdha Al-Thani praised the Kuwaiti works; the outstanding output of a brilliant young generation of talented filmmakers.

The “Made in Kuwait” session included six compelling short films that undoubtedly touched a chord with filmgoers and critics. The first film was “Muneera” by Oscar Boyson; a cautionary tale that warns of paying attention to mysticism while ignoring the reality in front of us. It dreamily and seamlessly moves between Kuwait City and Venice, Italy. The second film was “I Wasn’t Cheating” by Mousaed Khaled; a morality tale that took the audience all back to those tense days of academic success.

The third film “Sandarah” by Youssef Al-Bagshi, is a tribute to human benevolence, filled with deep emotions brought about by conflict through a story set during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, when a detachment of soldiers is sent to arrest a family.

“The Best Life” by Meqdad Al-Kout is an amusing take on the obsession for online living, and presents how a man is glued to his smartphone, following his favorite social media “gurus” over the course of a day. The fifth film was “Bird Watch – Health” by Zahra Al- Mahdi; a charming episode that features wonderful linedrawn animation and whimsical handmade models, and explored the marvelous imagination of children.

The last film was “A Picture” by Dawood Shuail. It is about Abdullah, whose father gives him a new camera. However, while he is out and about taking shots, he inadvertently takes a picture of a crime in progress. Last Wednesday, The Qatari Ajyal; Arabic for “Generations”, Film Festival honored the late iconic Kuwaiti actor Abdulhussain Abdulredha in recognition of his unforgettable body of work, which enriched Gulf arts.

The festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, has been designed to empower the region’s youth and to inspire film enthusiasts of all ages in Qatar and the region. A total of 103 films from 43 countries were presented during the festival, including 20 feature films and 83 shorts that address issues ranging from women’s empowerment to cultural resilience and the survival of traditional storytelling.

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