Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Don't Leave Me (La Tkhaleeny)

Hilal - ages 13+

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Khalid Al Mahmood / Short Narrative / United Arab Emirates / 2013 / 13 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Women, Drama, Family, Friendship, Children, Arthouse
Qatar 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.


Layla is diabetic and is gradually losing her sight. Aisha suffers from a different condition: she is losing her memory. She refuses to take her medication, however; instead, she keeps mementos and reminders locked away in a little box under her bed. These two girls have met once before, at school. Now, years later, they meet again, but are unable to recognise one another. A mournful short film about connection and coincidences.

About the Directors

Khalid Al Mahmood received special mention for his films ‘Dreams In a Box’ (2003) and ‘A Fictional Story: Woman and Boy’ (2007) at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. ‘Bint Al Nokhitha’ won an award at the European Spiritual Film Festival in 2009, and ‘Sabeel’ (2010) was screened at the Locarno Film Festival and was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival.


Khalid Al Mahmood
Yousef Ibrahim
Abdullah Hassan Ahmed, Khalid Al Mahmood
Walid Al Zayani
Taha Al Ajami
Samir Karam
Sales Company
Production Company
Meera Al Midfa, Saeed Mohammedi, Fatima Al Taei, Abdullah Aljunaibi, Ashwaq

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