Ajyal Youth Film Series launched

December 25, 2013 - 6:28:49 am

A scene from the film The Kid.

DOHA: Doha Film Institute (DFI) has launched the Ajyal Youth Film Series, a year-long  programme of film screenings as part of the Katara DFI Cinema Programme.

The series will open with the classic Charlie Chaplin film The Kid (1921, the US) on January 2 and 3. 

The series, which stems from the recent Ajyal Youth Film Festival, aims at providing youth and families with an opportunity to engage and participate in film appreciation in a fun and educational environment, create dialogue and learn about new cultures from around the world. 

The series comprises two screenings every month, showcasing classics and contemporary international films. 

Free screenings will take place on Thursday mornings for schools only, which will also include educational learning activities, and Friday afternoons for the general public for regular screenings. 

DFI CEO Abdulaziz Al Khater said: “The founding motive of the series is simple; it is to instil the love of cinema among young people and families in our community. We want to inspire them through the medium of film and allow them to explore, discuss and create their own dialogue around storytelling.” 

An archival treasure from 1921, The Kid is a comic drama produced, written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin stars as the beloved little vagabond, who finds an abandoned baby in an alley and takes him under his wing. 

As the child gets older, he becomes the Little Tramp’s partner in petty crime, scamming unsuspecting people to survive.

However, welfare services attempt to take the boy away, resulting in a desperate search and an emotional reunion. This was Chaplin’s first full-length movie, considered one of his best works.

The actor, filmmaker and composer rose to fame in the silent movie era with his infamous pantomime and slapstick style of making films such as A Woman of Paris (1923) and The Circus (1928).

His career spanned over 75 years and along the way he bagged awards, including a Special Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1972 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lincoln Center Film Society the same year. Tickets can be purchased at www.dohafilminstitute.com or from DFI Ticket Outlet at Katara, Building 26. Tickets are priced at QR35 for the public and QR25 for students. 

The Peninsula

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