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Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala says You Will Die at Twenty is an invitation for freedom. Nothing and no one can ever tell you: this is your destiny. You have to decide yourself what will be your life. Sheikh predicts that Sakina’s child will die at the age of 20. Haunted by this prophecy, Sakina becomes overly protective of her son Muzamil, who grows up knowing about his fate. As Muzamil escapes Sakina’s ever-watchful eye, he encounters friends, ideas and challenges that make him question his destiny. Steeped in a love of cinema, Sudan’s first Oscar submission, YOU WILL DIE AT 20 is an auspicious debut and a moving meditation on what it means to live in the present. You Will Die at 20 is an adaptation of a short story called Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain by Sudanese novelist Hammour Ziada.

"Beautifully composed and boasting the kind of sensitivity to light sources and color tonalities usually ascribed to top photographers, the film lovingly depicts the remote east-central region of Sudan as a quasi-magical place of sand, sky and the colors of the Nile."

- Jay Weissberg, Variety

"A vibrant and transfixing revelation, “You Will Die at 20” is as novel a vision as we may see this year."

- Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

"A unique and heartbreaking coming-of-age, a sorrowful and yet graceful look at the mysteries of death and how we inevitably live with its presence. Winner of the Best Debut Award at the Venice Film Festival it is also a mystical and profoundly executed look at community bond and resilience."

- Roger Costa, Brazilian Press

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  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar
  • Director
    Amjad Abu Alala