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Young Ahmed (N/C 15+)

4 November

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Muslim teenager Ahmed has developed a dangerous connection with a militant imam. Almost overnight, he transforms from a relatively normal boy to a young man obsessed with prayer and the ‘purity’ of those around him. At school, he refuses to shake his teacher’s hand because she is a woman, while at home he tells off his white mum, in Arabic, for drinking alcohol. Belgium's Dardenne brothers, always sympathetic to stories of troubled youth, take a controversial turn in this portrait of a radicalised Muslim teen.

A short film will screen alongside this film as part of the Mobile Film Festival.

There is an urgency to The Young Ahmed, not only in the personality of the character but in the way events quickly escalate … compelling and thought-provoking.

  • Director Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • Cast Idir Ben Addi, Olivier Bonnaud, Myriem Akheddiou, Victoria Bluck
  • Certificate 15
  • Running time 1h24m
  • Country France
  • Language subtitles
  • Year of Production 2019
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