Young Ahmed


Fiction — Belgium — 2019 — 84 min
Color | French with English subtitles


Ahmed, 13, lives in Belgium with his mother and sister. His behavior has changed dramatically since an imam instilled in him an extremist interpretation of the Quran. He does not hesitate to reject and label his own family as unclean, even going after people who are different from him. His main sufferer is his devoted teacher who has been helping him for many years. Following an insane gesture towards her, he is sent to a closed center which seeks to help him and deprogram him of his radical ideas.

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  • Idir Ben Addi
  • Olivier Bonnaud
  • Myriem Akheddiou
  • Victoria Bluck


  • Direction and writing : Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • Production : Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd (Les Films du Fleuve et Archipel 35 Wild Bunch)
  • Direction of photography : Benoît Dervaux
  • Production designer : Igor Gabriel
  • Editing : Marie-Hélène Dozo et Tristan Meunier
  • Mixing : Julien Martin
  • Cannes Film Festival, 2019 *Best Director
  • Valladolid International Film Festival, 2019 *Best Screenplay and Best Editing
  • César Awards, 2020
  • José Ignacio International Film Festival, 2020
  • Magritte Awards, 2020 *Best Supporting Actress
Je jeune Ahmed, un film de Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne