Young Ahmed | Le Jeune Ahmed (N/C 15+)

Belgium’s Dardenne brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc, always sympathetic to stories of troubled youth, take a controversial turn in this portrait of a radicalised Muslim teen. Ahmed (played by newcomer (Idir Ben Addi)) finds himself caught between his imam’s ideals of unity and life’s temptations. As the film opens he has developed a dangerous connection with a militant imam (Othmane Moumen), who plants poisonous ideas in the boy’s head. At school, Ahmed refuses to shake the hand of his teacher Inès (Myriem Akheddiou) because she’s a woman, while, at home, he tells off his white mother (Claire Bodson), in Arabic, for drinking alcohol. Clues suggest these changes in Ahmed’s attitude are recent, as the boy who seems to have been a relatively normal teen just weeks before has become obsessed with prayer and the “purity” of those around him.

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

Dir Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne | 2019 | France | 84 mins | Int sales Wild Bunch

“There is an urgency to The Young Ahmed, not only in the personality of the character but in the way events quickly escalate … compelling and thought-provoking.” – Screen


Glasgow Film Theatre                              Mon 4 Nov 20:50 

Aberdeen Belmont                                   Fri 8 Nov 18:00 

Edinburgh Filmhouse                               Sat 9 Nov 18:15 

Chichester Cinema at New Park           Sun 17 Nov 18:45 

 Leicester Phoenix                                     Mon 18 Nov (check website for times)

Belfast Queen’s Theatre                               Sun 1 Dec  18:20

Newcastle Tyneside Cinema                 Mon 2 Dec 17:40 CHANGED FROM Monday 9 Dec

Bristol Watershed                                    Sat 14 Dec 18:00



Below are changes from the printed brochure.
The website details are up to date.

TYNESIDECINEMA: Young Ahmed is now on Mon 2 December and not Mon 9 Dec as adverstised in our brochure.


As a result of the French National Strike from 5 Dec

François Armanet (Oh les Filles!)

and The Primavista Quartet (Nana)

are unable to appear in person for their screenings.
The screenings will still go ahead as billed at the Regent Street Cinema.
Oh les Filles Sat 7 Dec 16:00
Nana Sun 8 Dec 14:00

Glasgow Grosvenor time changes
A Faithful Man Mon 25 Nov 13:05
Just a Breath Away  Tues 26 Nov 11:20
The following do not screen at Heart of Hawick:
Just a Breath Away
To The Four Winds
When Margaux Meets Margaux
I Lost my Body has been withdrawn in Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.
Check out on Timetables for replacements

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