When We're Born
Spring Grant 2011 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
A revolution has shaped the nation, and the dreamscapes of three Egyptians are interconnected in an exploration of the realism of Egyptian life. Beltagy works in his family business but yearns to rebel against his father and pursue a singing career. Farah, a romantic compassionate Coptic woman, finds herself falling in love with a carefree Muslim man. Can the relationship survive religious differences? Amin, a newlywed macho personal trainer, wants his own gym, but must put his manly pride on the line to fulfill his dream. Amid the loss of security, paralysing traffic and family pressure, will these three make the best choices?
- Tamer Ezzat
- Nadine Shams
- Tamer Ezzat
About the Director
Tamer Ezzat is an Egyptian filmmaker who started his career in 1994 as an editor for celebrated Egyptian directors, working on Youssef Chahine’s ‘Silence… We’re Rolling’ (2001) and Yousry Nasrallah’s ‘On Boys, Girls and the Veil' (1995) and 'The City’ (1999). He went on to study directing and special effects at New York University and the New York Film Academy. In 2002, he returned to Cairo to start directing and producing. His award-winning documentaries include ‘Everything Is Gonna Be Alright!’ (2004) and ‘The Place I Call Home’ (2006). His fiction feature debut, ‘The Ring Road’, which he wrote and directed, had its premiere at the Cairo International Film Festival in 2010. He is currently working on a documentary about the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
Production Company Profile
Watan Films is a newly established company continuing on the path of the two previous production names, Myth Productions and In-House Productions, through which it produced several award-winning documentaries and short films, as well as television commercials and corporate videos including the short ‘The Decision’ (2001), and Tamar Ezzat's feature documentaries ‘Everything Is Gonna Be Alright’ (2004) and ‘The Place I Call Home’ (2006).