Balkan Dox

I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face

2020 — 15 min / Colour



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

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Directors' 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.

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Sameh Alaa


Muhammad Taymour

Martin Jerome


Giorgos Valsamis


Yasser Azmy


Moataz Al Qammari

Screenings & Awards

Cannes, France, 2020
Palme D’Or for Best Short Film

Moscow IFF, Russia, 2020
Best Short Film

Clermont-Ferrand , France, 2021

Uppsala IShFF, Sweden, 2020