Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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MENASA Spotlight Shorts Programme - I am Afraid to Forget Your Face (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 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes. 

About the Directors

Sameh Alaa was born in Cairo, Egypt and studied German literature at Cairo University. Before moving to Europe, he worked as an assistant director for advertisements and feature films. In 2016, he finished his MA in filmmaking at EICAR film school in Paris. Sameh’s first short film ‘Fifteen’ premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and won several awards worldwide.  In 2019 he made his first advertising campaign as a writer and director. His last short film, ‘I am Afraid to Forget Your Face’, was the first Egyptian film in 50 years to be selected for the Official Short Film Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2020. Sameh is currently developing his debut feature film.


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

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