We Have Never Been Kids
Spring Grant 2014 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
Since 2003, Mahmood Soliman has tracked the subjects of his 2003 documentary ‘Living Among Us’. The intervening 10 years have been the most inflamed decade in Egypt’s modern history. This film reveals how, over the last decade, Nadia’s eldest, once the best student at school, has become a 21-year-old drug dealer; how 11-year-old Omnia, her only daughter, came to life; and how Nadia herself, from being a strong woman struggling for her kids and trying to escape from a cruel husband, became a mother in her fifties striding through the streets of Cairo in search of her sons. The collapse of this reflects Egypt’s deterioration, especially in the last 10 years of Mubarak era, and the attempts of his regime’s remains to thwart the January Revolution.
- Mahmood Soliman
- Mahmood Soliman
- Nivine Afify
About the Director
Mahmood Soliman graduated from the Higher Cinema Institute of Cairo in 1997. He has published several social and political essays in Egyptian and Arab newspapers, and three short-story collections. Soliman has been awarded several prizes in the Arab world for his literary work, and has written, produced and directed three fiction and one documentary short films, which have been selected for more than 300 international film festivals and have won 27 prizes. His first feature film, ‘Happy New Year’, is currently in development.
Production Company Profile
January for Arts & Culture Production takes an interest in independent works, with its own approach to cinema that differs from the commercial requirements of the marketplace. The company has produced two short fiction films: Mahmood Soliman’s ‘Red & Blue’ (2006) and ‘Sometimes’ (2008), which participated in over 100 film festivals, won numerous awards, and were both sold to TV5. It acted as executive producer on the Arabic-language version of 3,000 minutes of documentary and animated episodes of ‘The Japanese Environmental Technology’ for NHK, and is currently developing ‘Happy New Year’, Soliman’s first feature-length narrative film.
Awards and Festival History
Göteborg Film Festival 2017
FilmFest Hamburg 2016
Durban International Film Festival 2016
Sarajevo Film Festival 2016
Budapest International Documentary Festival 2016
Best Director and Best Muhr non-Fiction Feature awards, Dubai International Film Festival 2015 (WP)
Best First Feature Documentary, Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan 2016
Grand Nile Prize for Best Feature Documentary, Luxor Afric