Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

A Shout from Within (Hiyaw: A Shout from Within)

Mohaq - ages 8+

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Jan Xavier Pacle / Feature Narrative / Qatar / 2013 / 93 min / Colour / HDCAM
In English, Filipino / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Coming of age, Drama, Youth, Family, Friendship
World Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


Special Screening

Eight students from the Filipino community in Doha – all from different family backgrounds, all with personal struggles to overcome – are the subject of this unique ensemble story about acceptance and reconciliation.

A complex long take introduces us to the intertwined stories of a group of kids trying to bond in a country far away from home. There’s Derek, who has just moved to Qatar from the Philippines to reunite with his father, who has a surprising domestic development to report. Jacque and her little sister Jaira are grieving for the loss of their mother, while Alex lies to her family so she can hang out with her friends after school.
Meanwhile, Hannah, whose tendency to overachieve makes her rather intimidating, finds that her parents’ strict guidelines come into question when she is wooed by a classmate and suddenly realises there’s more to life than being a straight-A student.

Divided into four chapters plus an endearing epilogue, ‘A Shout from Within’ was shot in the Philippine School of Doha – and was written by students of the school, which serves to make the struggles of its characters resonate all the more.

About the Directors

Jan Xavier Pacle was born in the Philippines and graduated from Saint Louis University in Baguio City. A resident of Doha, his goals are to contribute to Qatar’s growing film industry and have a significant impact on Filipino cinema. He has directed two short films (‘Finding Faith’ (2011), which was selected for the Short Film Corner at Cannes and ‘I Love You Ma’am’ (2011)) and the feature film ‘Angel in June’ (2012), which screened at DTFF last year.


Jan Xavier Pacle
Elshene Cabunilas, Ranica Casipit, Diana De Asis, Jan Xavier Pacle
Lorina Villanueva
Jan Xavier Pacle
Merck Tan, Rheabeth Tresvalles
Wielder Catapat
Production Company
RenderFarm Graphics
Joyce Sison, Sarakiel Tandingan, Ella Rodriguez, Mardrin Quimba, Jaya San Jose, Darryl Chavez, Nad Abu Jahal, Jay Somera, Mary Micah Cervania

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