Ajyal Film Festival 2019

Ajyal Film Festival 2018

All Ajyal Film Festival 2018 Films

Amphitheater (Al Masrah Al Makshouf)

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar - Ajyal Film Festival 2018

Mahdi Ali Ali / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2018 / 16 min / Colour / DCP / In No Dialogue
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


Sarah, a professional Qatari photographer, happens upon a rebellious young girl and her family. She follows them as they take photos with the murals that adorn the walls of the cultural village. Fascinated by the girl’s increasingly defiant behaviour, Sarah captures her mini-rebellion in candid portraits. Testing our father's patience to the limit, the girl escapes through the corridors and doorways to the imposing Amphitheatre with Sarah in tow.

About the Director

Mahdi Ali Ali is a Qatari filmmaker who is charged with the training and education of filmmakers. Since joining the Doha Film Institute, he has successfully worked to provide filmmakers in Qatar with comprehensive learning initiatives led by the industry’s major players. He is the executive producer and supervisor for more than 30 short films that have been produced by the Institute. He holds an MFA from EICAR, the International Film School of Paris, and has made short films including ‘Champs Elysées, I Love You’ (2009) and ‘The Gulf Habibi’ (2011), as well as others for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel.


Mahdi Ali Ali
Mahdi Ali Ali
Basel Owies
Youssef Al Madadi
Yasser Mostafa
Lama Sawaya
Assistant Director
Bashar Al Kasawneh, Abdullah Al Mulla
Abdulla Ghaifan, Sana Al Habib, Gianina Panameno, Kholood Ahmed, Noor Deeb, Zoya


  • Director

    Mahdi Ali Ali

    Independent Filmmaker

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