In a Sudanese village, a mother gives birth to Muzamil, a boy cursed by a Dervish prophecy that he will die at 20. Muzamil grows up surrounded by looks of sympathy, until Suleiman, acinematographer who has worked in the city, returns. Suleiman’s cinema projector opens a window to a new world for Muzamil. In time, he comes to doubt the prophecy. When his 20th birthday arrives, he is torn between death and a bus to the world he is eager to know about.

Cast And Credits

Directed by : Amjad Abu Alala
Screenplay : Youssef Ibrahim, Amjad Abu Alala
Producer : Arnaud Dommerc, HossamElouan, Ingrid LillHøgtun, Michael Henrichs, Amjad Abu Alala, Mohammed Alomda, Linda BolstadStrønen, Marie FuglesteinLægreid
DOP : Sébastien Goepfert
Editor : Heba Othman
Cast : Mustafa Shehata, Islam Mubark, Mahmoud Elsaraj, Bunna Khalid, TalalAfifi, Amal Mustafa, Moatasem Rashid, Asjad Mohamed


Amjad Abu Alala

Amjad Abu Alala is a Sudanese filmmaker who was born and raised in the UAE. He studied media at United Arab Emirates University. As a producer and director, Abu Alala has made numerous short films that have been shown at film festivals, including ‘Tina’ (2009), ‘Coffee and Orange’ (2004), and ‘Feathers of the Birds’ (2005), which is considered to mark the return of cinema in Sudan. His ‘Studio’ (2012) was supervised during a workshop conducted by Abbas Kiarostami. In 2013, Abu Alala won the Best Arabic Theatre Script Award from the Arab Authority for ‘Apple Pies’. Currently, Abu Alala is Head of the Programming Committee of the Sudan Independent Film Festival.