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Sunday 23rd January 5:00 PM

You Will Die At Twenty 

Director: Amjad Abu Alala Country: Sudan
Cert: 12A Year: 2019 Length: 103 mins Language: Arabic and English
You Will Die At Twenty

Programme Notes

Cinema Handout (PDF 207KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 69.87% Attendance: 71



  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database


"Sudanese film-maker Amjad Abu Alala's radiant drama dares to wonder if death could inspire courage rather than fear. In a small village near the Nile, the sheik and his dervish declare that baby Muzamil will die on his 20th birthday. His mother, Sakina, wears black, in premature mourning. Muzamil spends his sheltered youth studying the Qur'an and avoiding the Nile (too many crocodiles), not prepared to meet his end even a second early. Until he encounters Sulaiman, a former journalist who feasts on movies, booze and girls. 'Try sinning,' he suggests. But teenage transgression isn't a foregone conclusion. Mustafa Shehata dials up the brooding Muzamil's inner turmoil as he questions the beliefs he's swallowed whole" – Simran Hans Observer.

"The film is a parable about the dangers of blind faith in religion and authority, but it's also warmly compassionate and accepting of human nature. The baby's father can't cope; he leaves the village to work abroad, telling his wife, Sakina, that she's stronger, she'll manage... And she does; understandably, she becomes overprotective... And there are some gorgeous images here, too, such as flecks of dust glimmering in beams of sunlight or banks of the Nile, which give the movie a kind of mythic otherworldliness" - Cath Clarke, Guardian.


open_quote Amjad Abu Alala's radiant drama dares to wonder if death could inspire courage rather than fear. close_quote Simran Hans, Observer

open_quote Its quiet profundity strikes you hours, days after viewing. close_quote David Jenkins, Little White Lies



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