Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

Young Ahmed

Le jeune Ahmed

Belgium, France 2019
In French and Arabic with English subtitles
84 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Screenplay: Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Cast: Idir Ben Addi, Myriem Akheddiou, Claire Bodson, Olivier Bonnaud, Victoria Bluck, Othmane Moumen
Production: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd / Les Films du Fleuve, Archipel 35
Print Source: Wild Bunch

Ahmed is a 13-year-old Muslim boy in a small Belgian town, whose dad is no longer on the scene and whose mum is struggling with him and his sister. Lacking a father figure, perhaps, and inspired by a cousin who has apparently gone off to be a jihadi fighter Ahmed has become radicalised by a local extremist imam. As his exasperated mum says, only last month his great passion was playing video games.