I am afraid to forget your face

A film by

Egypt/France/Qatar/Belgium / 15' / 09/2020 / fiction

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

Square Eyes - LOGO-SHORT-FILM-2020
Square Eyes - LOGO-SHORT-FILM-2020

Sameh Alaa


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.


  • Fifteen – 2017 – short film
  • I am afraid to forget your face – 2020 – short film


Director: Sameh Alaa
Screenplay: Sameh Alaa
Producers: Muhammad Taymour, Martin Jerome
Cinematographer: Giorgos Valsamis
Sound Recording: Sameh Nabil
Sound Design: Moataz Al Qammari
Editor: Yasser Azmy
Composer: Universal daughters cover
Production Designer: Shaimaa Magdy
Cast: Seif Hemeda, Nourhan Ahmed


  • Cannes Film Festival, France (2020)
    Short Film Competition


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English & French: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Coming soon