Shortly after Muzamil was born, the village's holy man predicts that he will die at age 20. Muzamil's father can't stand the curse and leaves home. Sakina raises her son as a single mother, overly protective. One day, Muzamil turns 19.


Amjad Abu Alala
10 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mustafa Shehata ... Muzamil
Islam Mubarak ... Sakina
Mahmoud Maysara Elsaraj Mahmoud Maysara Elsaraj ... Sulaiman
Bonna Khalid ... Naima
Talal Afifi Talal Afifi ... Alnoor
Amal Mustafa Amal Mustafa ... Set Alnesea
Nahid Hassan Nahid Hassan ... Ehsan
Rabeha Mahmoud Rabeha Mahmoud ... Aunt Nafisa
Abdulrahman Alshibly Abdulrahman Alshibly ... Eissa Fagiri
Moatasem Rashed Moatasem Rashed ... Muzamil kid
Asjad Mohamed Asjad Mohamed ... Naima kid
Adil Kebida Adil Kebida ... Imam Abdelgader
Mohammed Ahmad Alshaer Mohammed Ahmad Alshaer ... Shaikh Alkhalifah
Ahmed Alkarib Ahmed Alkarib ... Alkhalifah's son
Mohamed Hussain Khalil Mohamed Hussain Khalil ... Altayeb


When searching for a blessing on the day of her firstborn child's naming ceremony, Sakina (Islam Mubarak) is instead given a curse. A travelling sheikh prophecies that her son, Muzamil (played first by Moatasem Rashed then as a teen by Mustafa Shehata), would die at the age of 20. In what is now a coming-of-death tale, a devastated Sakina is sentenced to mourn her son while he lives - an endeavor her husband could not stand to bear. Growing up under the constant loom of death, Muzamil becomes increasingly curious about what it means to live beyond his mother's confines. Encouraged by local elders, the overprotective Sakina relents and allows her son to study the Quran with the other children his age. And in this newly found freedom, Muzamil finds friends, enemies, love, and tempters, though what he truly seeks is a sense of the present and a chance at the future. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Official submission of Sudan for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »


Sulaiman: You ask for forgiveness for your sins and yet you've never sinned. Try sinning.
See more »


Features Cairo Station (1958) See more »

User Reviews

Movie Content
25 December 2020 | by shadinafiSee all my reviews

They movie production was really amazing, loved the location where they did the shooting. Add the film recording was incredible. The movie really reflects the background of the Sudanese culture and traditions which I find it really amazing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



Sudan | France | Egypt | Germany | Norway | Qatar



Release Date:

12 February 2020 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

You Will Die at 20 See more »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


EGP10 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed