#62 Le Jeune Ahmed

Regie: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, België, 84 MIN, Frans, Arabisch, 6+

Cast: Idir Ben Addi, Myriem Akheddiou, Victoria Bluck, Olivier Bonnaud

zo 7 jul

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In Le Jeune Ahmed, awarded the prize for Best Director in Cannes, the Dardenne brothers (Deux jours, une nuit; Le gamin au vélo) tell the story of Ahmed, a rapidly radicalizing 13-year-old Muslim boy in Belgium, with great empathy and respect.

The young Ahmed (Idir Ben Addi) tries to find himself, stuck between two worlds, in Le Jeune Ahmed. On the one hand there is the clear and “pure” world in the mosque. On the other, there is the messy Western world at home. The clear language of his inflexible Imam (Othmane Moumen) seems to hold the solid ground Ahmed is so desperately looking for. All “impure” and “apostates” are bad, even if they are your dear mother, sister and teacher. As Ahmed becomes more and more absorbed, the people around him watch him slip away. After a serious incident, the question is whether Ahmed can be saved.

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