Young Ahmed

Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Belgium, France
85 minutes
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Belgian cinema auteurs and multiple award winners, the Dardenne Brothers (Two Days One Night, The Son) deliver yet another suspenseful coming-of-age tale that is both insightful as it is gripping.
WINNER: CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2019

Ahmed (played with disarming natural ease by Idir Ben Addi) spends his days studying radical Islam with his Imam, much to the consternation of his frantic mother Louise (Claire Bodson). Ahmed begins to hate behaviour he used to find normal. At school, he refuses to shake hands with his teacher, Ines (Myriem Akheddiou), because she is a woman. And at home, he abuses his mother for drinking alcohol. He is so obsessed with his own religious purity that when a girl wants to be friends with him, he asks her to convert. With vividly complex characters, this heart-rending tale looks at how the young and the vulnerable are brainwashed into a radical ideology.  
What the Dardenne brothers are showing here amounts to just the thing those shaken by terrorism fear most: the idea that normal people... can be brainwashed.
Variety

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Sat 22 February
5:15pm
Alice Springs Cinema
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Classification
PG
Country
Belgium, France
Language
In French with English subtitles
Director
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
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