U.S.-Palestinian Co-Production 'Flying Paper' to Screen at Doha Youth Film Fest

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The inaugural youth-orientated Middle Eastern event finalizes its lineup with a "Made in Qatar" program and special screenings of titles from Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, Spain, the U.K and U.S.

LONDON – Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill’s documentary Flying Paper, a Palestinian-U.S. co-production, is set to screen at the inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, mounted by the Doha Film Institute in Qatar.

The doc details the story of children in Gaza who are on a quest to scoop the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown, showcasing the creative resilience of a group of young Palestinians who make their dream come true, despite the difficulties of their everyday surroundings.

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The film is among the festival's special screenings segment that will also include a showing of British director Arthur Landon’s Side by Side (2013), which will unspool via the Doha Film Institute's partnership with the British Council and Qatar Museum's Authority.

The movie details the story of two siblings who have to battle being split up and sent into foster care after their grandmother gets sick. Their search for their long-lost grandfather shows them that, in spite of all their differences, when they are side by side they are strong enough to deal with anything.

Films from Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, Qatar and Spain join titles from the U.K, and U.S. in the special screenings’ segment, which will also host Pascal Plisson’s On the Way to School (2013), in collaboration with the Education Above All Foundation (EAA) in support of its Educate A Child program. Founded and chaired by Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, EAA is a foundation committed to bringing opportunities to poor and marginalized children, youth and women in the developing world.

On the Way to School, a co-production between France and Mexico, follows four students from Morocco, Kenya, India and Argentina and the obstacles they face getting to the classroom.

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Ajyal Youth Film Festival festival director Fatma Al Remaihi said: "The 'Special Screenings' showcase at Ajyal Youth Film Festival is the Doha Film Institute’s salute to classic and contemporary cinema, and its role in bridging cultures together. Featuring narratives from the West and insights from the East, this dedicated lineup of films is guaranteed to broaden the horizons of every moviegoer."

Organizers also said films, through the lens of Qatari nationals and those who call Qatar their home, are set to take center stage in the festival's dedicated "Made in Qatar" program.

Hosted at the Cultural Village Katara, the festival will showcase the works of filmmakers across three segments.

The first will feature the works of winners from the Doha Film Institute’s 48-Hour Online Family Film Challenge, the second from the 7-day Filmmaking Challenge, both of which were open to filmmakers from across Qatar. The third will include the screening of The Hero And The Message (Batal Wa Resalah), an Al Rayyan Productions project.

The inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, a Doha Film Institute platform, aims to bring audiences of all ages together to discuss and appreciate cinema. It kicks off on Nov. 26 and runs through Nov. 30.