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Presented By: Global Islamic Studies Center

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

Available to stream for free from March 9-16, 2023

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African Muslim Film Festival
Welcome to the first-ever African Muslim Film Festival (AMFF) 2023!

The African Muslim Film Festival is the first of its kind, screening films from all across Africa that were made by, for, or about Muslims. All films will be streamable & online, with a variety of films from Sudan, Chad, Egypt, and South Africa.

This year’s festival will offer four films in total, each available as one film a week during the month of March.

March 9-16: You Will Die at Twenty - Sudan | 2019 | Drama/Narrative | Directed by Amjad Abu Alala

March 16-23: Abouna - Chad | 2002 | Drama | Directed by Mahamat Saleh Haroun

March 23-30: Mawlana - Egypt | 2016 | Drama/Mystery | Directed by Magdi Ahmed Ali

March 30- April 6: Barakat - South Africa | 2020 | Comedy | Directed by Amy Jephta

The festival opens on Thursday, March 9th at 3 pm ET and closes on Thursday, April 6th at 3 pm ET.

Each film will open and close every Thursday of March at 3 pm ET.

All screenings are free. Some films will only be available in North America. Check each film’s information for more details. All films will include English subtitles.

Pre-order your films, watch trailers, and learn more here:


Available to stream on demand from March 9-16 at

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.

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March 9, 2023 (Thursday) 3:00pm

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March 10, 2023 (Friday) 12:00am

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March 11, 2023 (Saturday) 12:00am

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March 12, 2023 (Sunday) 12:00am

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March 13, 2023 (Monday) 12:00am

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March 14, 2023 (Tuesday) 12:00am

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March 15, 2023 (Wednesday) 12:00am

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March 16, 2023 (Thursday) 12:00am

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