Ajyal Film Festival 2019

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Ajyal Competition

Karem Kamel / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2015 / 14 min / Colour / HDCAM
In English, Sinhalese / English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Middle Eastern, Friendship
No Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


Inseparable, if not by choice, two Sri Lankans work as cleaners at a mosque in Qatar. Lazy and mischievous, Sajid is often late and forever playing pranks on those who frequent the mosque; while he spends his days gazing out at the world around him, wishing for more in life, Razzak does what he can to keep his friend out of hot water. This gentle film reminds us that every face might hide an unrecognised talent, if only we took the time to look.

About the Directors

Karem Kamel is an Egyptian-American filmmaker and a native of New York City. He studied Film at Hunter College, where he made his directorial debut with the short film 'Lucky Night', featuring a young Lady Gaga. He has held positions at ABC and the Sundance Film Institute, where he was involved in various workshops at the Institute’s Summer Labs. His most recent short, 'The BACKyard', premiered at New York’s Big Apple Film Festival. Kamel has also worked at Columbia University, and he currently works at the Doha Film Institute.


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