Ahmed – almost 13

Directed by Ritchie Cavander-Cole

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Ahmed is the oldest of five sons. His family are refugees from the Russian – Chechen war and now reside in the outskirts of Oslo. Ahmed’s father is the undisputed head of the household and dreams about returning home. Soon to be 13, Ahmed is beginning to question his role as the son with most responsibility and is beginning to figure out his own dreams about the future. Ahmed’s story is a unique glimpse inside the four walls of a Chechen family living in Norway.


The film had its premiere at IDFA 2011





June 2012.
Review of Ahmed – Almost 13 in the Chechen website Waynak online.
May 2012.
Ahmed – Almost 13 to be screened at The 2012 edition of the conference ‘European days for boarder guards’ in Poland.
May 2012
Ahmed – Almost 13 to be screened at Reykjavik Shorts&Docs festival.
November 2011
Ahmed – Almost 13 with Norwegian premiere at Oslo International film festival.
November 2011
‘Ahmed – Almost 13′ will have word premiere at International documentary film festival Amsterdam.




  • Director Ritchie Cavander-Cole
  • financiers The Norwegian Film Institute, Fritt ord, Fond for lyd og bilde, Sant & Usant.
  • Release date Autum 2011