Ajyal Film Festival 2020

All Films


Hilal - ages 13+

Danyael Sugawara / Short Narrative / Netherlands, The / 2012 / 15 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Dutch / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Social Issues, Children, Education
Gulf 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.

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Ten-year-old Fatih lives with his mother and sisters. The only male in the house, he spends most of the time playing with them, never questioning gender roles, until his chauvinist Uncle Ahmet starts growing concerned, and decides to give his nephew some questionable life lessons about how real men are supposed to look and behave. But what does it really take to be a gentleman?

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Danyael Sugawara was born in in Sapporo. After graduating in Screenwriting from New York University, Danyael enrolled in the Netherlands Film & Television Academy in Amsterdam (NFTA). After graduating in 2004, he directed a TV movie, short films and his successful feature film "Upstream’ (2009).


Danyael Sugawara
Hassan Coscun, Danyael Sugawara
Felice Bakker
Dorith Vinken
Paul M. van Brugge
Ton Peters
Sales Company
Felice Bakker
Production Company
The Filmers
Omar Hamelynck, Cahit Olmez, Leyla Cimen, Ebru Genc, Margien van Doesen, Yasar Ustuner

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