Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

I am Afraid to Forget Your Face

Ajyal Competition

Sameh Alaa / Short Narrative / Egypt, France, Qatar, Belgium / 2020 / 15 min / Colour
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Drama
MENA Premiere


After being separated for over two months, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes. This poignant and reflective short by Egyptian director Sameh Alaa, tells the story of a man battling a great deal of adversity while in search of redemption, reunion, and closure. The film was selected for Cannes Film Festival’s most coveted short film award, the Palme d’Or du court métrage (Short Film Palme d’Or).

About the Directors

Sameh Alaa, born in 1985, graduated from the faculty of arts (German department).
Later after his graduation he studied filmmaking in the Academy of Cinema Arts and Technology


Sameh Alaa
Sameh Alaa
Muhammad Taymour, Martin Jerome
Yasser Azmy
Giorgos Valsamis
Sales Company
New Europe Film Sales
Production Company
Fig Leaf Studios
Square Eyes
Seif Hemeda, Nourhan Ahmed

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