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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Young Ahmed

Le jeune Ahmed

2019, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France, 90 min.
With Idir Ben Addi, Myriem Akheddiou

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 14th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 18th 6:00pm

“Subtly provocative and powerfully acted.”—Ed Potton, Times

“A compact, gripping return to the directors’ non-professional roots…unique among the socially marginalized subjects of the Dardennes’ filmography.”—Bradley Warren, The Wrap

With YOUNG AHMED, the Dardenne brothers (THE SON; TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT), Europe’s foremost social realists, tackle their most daring and ethically challenging subject yet, with this story of a 13-year-old Belgian Muslim boy who has become radicalized in the name of jihad. To the concern of his moderate and thoroughly assimilated immigrant family, Ahmed (Addi), under the influence of a popular young imam, begins to angrily criticize their lifestyle and attire, and declares his longtime tutor Ines (Akheddiou), also a Muslim, a heretic and infidel for dating a Jew. As the latest of the Dardennes’ career-long string of lost boys, Ahmed is equal parts pathetic and dangerous, childishly deluded yet lethal. His shocking plan to act on his newfound prejudices leaves the audience directly in the path of a moral quandary. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. (BS)

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