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Presented By: Global Islamic Studies Center

The African Muslim Film Festival. Stream: Chadian Film, Abouna (2002)

Available to stream for free from March 16-23, 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 16-23 at

2002 | 84 minutes | Arabic | Chad
Directed by: Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Brothers Armine (Hamza Moctar Aguid) and Tahir (Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa) are devastated when their father deserts them. Together, they search for him all over their small town in Chad -- and believe they find him onscreen in one of the movies at the local cinema! After they get caught stealing the film, the boys' exasperated mother, Achta (Zara Haroun), packs them off to a strict boarding school. While the pair plan their escape, Tahir catches the eye of a mute girl (Mounira Khalil).
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 16, 2023 (Thursday) 3:00pm

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March 17, 2023 (Friday) 12:00am

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March 18, 2023 (Saturday) 12:00am

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March 19, 2023 (Sunday) 12:00am

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March 20, 2023 (Monday) 12:00am

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March 21, 2023 (Tuesday) 12:00am

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March 22, 2023 (Wednesday) 12:00am

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March 23, 2023 (Thursday) 12:00am

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