11 December 2013 9:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bader Al-Amari is only 10 years old, but he insists he’s already a pro when it comes to judging cinema. His brother Hamad Al-Amari, a standup comic and television personality with a devoted following here in this tiny, wealthy Gulf nation, has taught him not to fidget or look away from the screen, even if he’s eating popcorn or drinking soda, which he likes to do when watching a movie.

Bader’s skills came in handy when he served on the all-youth jury at Doha’s inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, sponsored by the Doha Film Institute. More than 360 local children took part in the jury, watching a total of 42 films over the five-days of the Nov. 26-30 fest, as well as joining in workshops and filmmaking forums.

Kids were divided into three age groups: mohaq (8-12 years); hilal (ages 13-17) and — no relation to the juror — bader (ages »


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