You Will Die at 20

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You Will Die at 20

Directed by Amjad Abu Alala

  • Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar 2019; 103 min
  • Original version: Arabic
  • Genre: Drama
    • Lion of the Future "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film, Casa Wabi Mantarraya Award - Giornate degli Autori


Sudan, province of Aljazira, the present. Shortly after Muzamil was born, a prophecy by the holy man of the village predicts that he will die at age 20. Muzamil's father cannot stand the curse and leaves home. Sakina raises her son as a single mother, overly protective. One day, Muzamil turns 19.

Director's Statement

Muzamil is just one of us, like many of us when we sometimes get stuck in society's roles! Stuck in a box that we are not supposed to get out of and smell the air! The story portrays so much grief and pain in those communities that are drowning in ignorance, believing in imposters' supersti- tions. Muzamil has spent his lifetime paying the price for everyone around him just believing in nothingness, to the extent that he has embraced the idea of his own death. My film is an invitation to freedom. Nothing and no one should ever tell you: Muzamil, this is your destiny, it's written in stone and you should stick to it. You need to run, kid!










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