French Film Festival UK

Ibrahim 18

Sat 13 Nov, 6pm


Teenage dreamer Ibrahim lives on a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris with his serious, reserved father, Ahmed, with whom he has a difficult relationship. Involved by his best friend Achille in an ill-fated shoplifting scam, he is busted by security and lands his father with an unexpected and sizeable debt, jeopardising his father’s career plans and dreams of regaining dignity. Now Ibrahim is prepared to do whatever it takes to make amends and – at last – to gain his father’s respect.


In order to better understand the complexity of father-son relationships and the difficulty of expressing emotions, Samir Guesmi (working as actor and director) has chosen to create a quiet and modest film that invites the viewer to discover the characters through their gestures and daily lives.


Winner of Grand Jury Prize at the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers.


Dir: Samir Guesmi

Cast: Samir Guesmi, Abdel Bendaher

French with English subtitles, FRA 2021, 78mins

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