Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

When I Hear the Birds Sing (Når jeg hører fuglene synge)

Ajyal Competition

Trine Vallevik Håbjørg / Short Narrative / Norway / 2016 / 7 min / Colour / DCP
In French / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Animation
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.


Through compelling animation, the lofty dreams of young people from wartorn Côte d’Ivoire are expressed as bright scenes against the horrors they experienced during their nation’s recent conflict. Despite losing family members and being threatened with death, these young people retain their desire to make the world a better place for everyone. ‘When I Hear the Birds Sing’ is a moving, beautifully animated celebration of the hope that shines through the darkness of war.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Born in 1969, Trine Vallevik Håbjørg is a Norwegian animator and multmedia artist. She studied animation at Volda University College in Norway and graduated in 1999 with the award-winning film ‘One Morning’. In 2002, Håbjørg attended the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, where she studied Interaction Design. She co-founded Råsalt Studio in 2013 together with Øyvind Tangseth. ‘When I Hear the Birds Sing’ is the first film she has directed in several years.


Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Morten Øvreås
Kouame Sereba, Erik Wøllo
Production Company
Råsalt AS
Animators: Øyvind Tangseth, Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Norwegian Film Institute

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