Doha Film Institute
In solemn solidarity with Palestinian brothers and sisters, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) canceled this year's edition of the Ajyal Film Festival.
Ajyal as an event is much more than an annual celebration of the art of storytelling. At its heart, Ajyal is a grassroots event that is created and delivered by the community, for the community, DFI said in a statement.
At this time, we are grieving alongside the community within our region and are devastated by the staggering daily loss of innocent lives. It is simply not a time for celebration, it is a time for focused and intentional action, the statement read.
Since its inception, DFI has championed voices from underrepresented communities worldwide with the aim of bringing a balance in narratives to the world of storytelling. Amplifying Palestinian stories has always been crucial in our work as a cultural organization. It has remained steadfast in its commitment to empowering their authentic representation and stood firmly for the accurate portrayal of their experiences and humanity.
In this spirit, in lieu of delivering this years edition of the Ajyal Film Festival, the Institute will be exploring new avenues to use our platform to expand the reach and volume of Palestinian voices worldwide. The time for meaningful action is now, and it is more important than ever for us to continue to serve as a conduit for their unfiltered narratives to be heard, recognized, and respected.