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Run Time: 84 minutes
Winner of the prestigious Best Director prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, YOUNG AHMED is a sharply drawn portrait of religious extremity and radicalized youth. The film’s anxious camera tracks the unnerving descent of a 13-year-old Muslim boy living in Belgium who, inspired by his jihadist fighter cousin, becomes a devotee to a persuasive and fanatic local imam teaching a severe interpretation of the Quran. After a shocking act of violence against his schoolteacher, Ahmed is apprehended and sentenced to a youth detention facility to reflect on his crime and reform his ways before it’s too late. This suspenseful, tautly constructed drama attempts to probe the inscrutable, vexing interior of a young adolescent rapidly devolving down a dark and dangerous path. Sketched with an immaculate formal clarity and visceral precision, this incendiary feature seizes the viewer in an iron grip and holds tight until the very last frame. (In French and Arabic with subtitles) — R.J.T.
Tower City Cinemas
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 4:10 PM ET
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 8:50 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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