The African Muslim Film Festival. Stream: Sudanese Film, You Will Die At Twenty (2019)

09 Mar 2023


Announced by the University of Pittsburgh:

You Will Die at Twenty
2019 | 103 minutes | Arabic | Sudan
Directed by: Amjad Abu Alala
Based on a short story by Sudanese writer Hammour Ziada: A Sufi mystic of a Sudanese village in Gezira State near the river Nile predicts that Muzamil, a newborn boy, will die when he reaches the age of twenty. During his first years of adolescence, Muzamil grows up like other children, but sometimes feels uneasy about his future. When Muzammil turns 19, he begins grappling with a holy man's prediction that he will die when he turns twenty.

Film Facts & Background:
Since few films had been produced in Sudan since independence in 1956, You Will Die at Twenty was only the country's eighth feature film. Filmmaker Amjad Abu Alala, who was born in Dubai to Sudanese parents, shot the film in northern Sudan during the upheavals of the Sudanese revolution and despite challenges in a country without a film industry and under the Islamist government of the time.
This African Muslim Film Festival is brought to you by the Global Islamic Studies Center and cosponsored by the African Studies Center, Arab and Muslim American Studies, the Center for Middle East and North African Studies, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Department of Film, Television, and Media, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the Sawyer Seminar on the Africana Muslim and Genealogies of White Supremacy.

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 3:00pm to 11:45pm