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DFI launches Ajyal Film Club to drive youth dialogue on vital issues

Wednesday، 28 July 2021 09:21 PM

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has launched the Ajyal Film Club, an initiative by the young jurors of Ajyal Film Festival, to put the spotlight on pressing global concerns and rally youth dialogue around them through the medium of film.
The Ajyal Film Festival, DFI’s annual signature event, is a unique initiative that inspires creative interaction and cultural exchange among youth. Over the past eight years, Ajyal has built a nurturing space where youth are empowered to reach beyond differences to find their creative voice.
Two sessions of the Ajyal Film Club have been held to date around the issues of environmental degradation and the crisis in Palestine. Upcoming sessions will be held on August 14, September 11, and October 9 on wide-ranging topics that influence youth and promote positive action.
Films that address the subjects will be screened for Ajyal Film Club members, who will discuss the movie and the underlying theme in-depth. The Ajyal Film Club is part of the year-round youth development workshops organised by the Institute to promote film education and appreciation.
Youth interested in cinema and keen to learn about global concerns can take part in the Ajyal Film Club, which is free of charge. The committee for each session will be led by Ajyal Jurors, aged 8-25.
Compelling films from popular streaming platforms are selected for the participants to watch and they virtually meet up to discuss everything from plot and cinematography to broader issues such as cinema history and filmmaking techniques. Those who are interested can book a place for the upcoming session via [email protected]
“The Ajyal Film Club underlines the organic evolution of our young Ajyal Jurors from being participants of the Ajyal Film Festival to taking a stronger and active role in discussing key subjects that affect humanity through cinema. The success of the Ajyal Jury programme inspired us to explore new avenues to create year-round engagement for our young film enthusiasts,” DFI CEO Fatma Hassan Alremaihi said in a press statement.
Youth in the age-group of 8-25 can apply to be an Ajyal Juror for the upcoming ninth edition of Ajyal Film Festival to be held from November 9 to 17. There are three Ajyal Competition juries in three age groups. They are: Mohaq - Ajyal’s youngest jurors, aged 8 to 12; Hilal - jurors aged 13 to 17; and Bader - jurors aged 18 to 25.

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