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by Kim Chapiron


Ali is a 14-year-old teenager on the loose. To give him a proper education, his single mother sends him to a madrassa in Mali. When Ali comes back ten years later, he is a completely changed young man in his twenties. He has received a pious religious education and his deep knowledge of Islam makes him the perfect candidate to be the local Imam of his city, despite his young age and the doubts of his mother. His modern views and charisma quickly make him popular amongst his Muslim community, until his will to do good meets his new ambition.

original title: Le Jeune Imam
country: France
sales agent: Goodfellas
year: 2023
genre: fiction
directed by: Kim Chapiron
film run: 98'
release date: FR 26/04/2023
screenplay: Dominique Baumard, Ramzi Ben Sliman, Kim Chapiron, Ladj Ly
cast: Abdulah Sissoko, Hady Berthe, Issaka Sawadogo, Moussa Cissé, Anta Diaw, Rebecca Brou, Fathi Achour Tani, Nordine Assani
cinematography by: Sylvestre Dedise
film editing: Flora Volpelière, Benjamin Weill
art director: Karim Lagati
costumes designer: Fabienne Menguy
producer: Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral, Ladj Ly
production: SRAB Films, Lyly Films, Septième Ciel, Eskwad, Kallouche Cinéma, Les Films Velvet, Rectangle Productions
backing: Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)
distributor: Le Pacte

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