I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face

After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes.

Director Biography

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Sameh studied German literature at Cairo University. Before moving to Europe, he worked as an assistant director in advertisement 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 2017 and won several awards around the world. In 2019 he made his first advertisement campaign as a writer and director. His last short film I AM AFRAID TO FORGET YOUR FACE, is 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




Egypt, France, Belgium, Qatar








15 min.

The Geography Within Me

Thursday, 2 September 22:05 - 23:43 / Kijkhuis 1
98 min.
Sunday, 5 September 12:10 - 13:33 / Kijkhuis 2
83 min.

Also in this session

1. Words Words Words are Decorative Sounds
Giovanni Giaretta, 8
2. Heaven Reaches Down to Earth
Tebogo Malebogo, 10 min.
3. I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face
Sameh Alaa, 15 min.
4. Las fauces
Mauricio Maldonado, 16 min.
5. Les attendants
Quý Truong Minh, 15 min.
6. The End of Suffering (a Proposal)
Jacqueline Lentzou, 14 min.