Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Brains of Empowerment (Brains of Empowerment)

Made in Qatar

Amna Al-khalaf / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2012 / 1 min / Colour / HDCAM
In No Dialogue / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Animation, Youth, Women Interest
World Premiere
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.


An experimental film about the empowerment of women in the Middle East. When a woman in traditional Qatari clothing pursues her quest to defy social norms and do what her heart desires, other women follow in her footsteps. As a result of this powerful decision, amazing brains manifest themselves.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Amna Al-Khalaf was born in Qatar in 1990. She began her filmmaking career making short narratives including ‘Made in Heaven’ and ‘Die Tomorrow’. She made the music video ‘World Behind My Wall’, which won an award for best cinematography at the annual NU-Q Media Awards, and the animated projects ‘Shufflin Fruits’ and ‘The Death of Abu-Nawas’.


Amna Al-khalaf
Amna Al-Khalaf
Amna Al-Khalaf
Amna Al-Khalaf
Amna Al-Khalaf
Asmaa Abdulla, Ali Al-Khalaf, Fahad Al-Khalaf

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