Sunday 1 November | 18:00 | Rich Mix, Screen 1
Dir. Amjad Abu Alala
Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar. 2019. 105 mins.
Arabic with English subtitles.
Adapted from a short story by writer and activist Hammour Ziada, You Will Die at 20 is a metaphor for Sudan under the rule of the ousted dictator, Omar al-Bashir. When Muzamil was born, a prophecy by the holy man of the village predicts that he will die when he is 20 years old.
Muzamil’s father cannot stand the doom and travels away from home. Sakina, now a single mother, raises her son with over protection. Eventually, Muzamil shirks this, courting the dangers, he has been shielded from.
Amjad Abu Alala
Amjad Abu Alala is a Sudanese Director and Producer, born and currently residing in the UAE. He studied media at Emirates University and has worked with various media institutions as a film and documentary director for Arab and Western channels. He has made a variety of short films, which have screened at many different international film festivals. These include: Oranges and Coffee (2004), Feathers of the Birds (2007), Teena (2009) and Studio (2012).