We Have Never Been Kids

Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Lebanon, 2016, 87 min.


Mahmood Soliman


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Mahmood Soliman


Mahmood Soliman

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Mahmood Soliman


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A family in the chaos of historic events: after separating from her husband, Nadia is bringing up her four children alone. She earns a meagre living with a grinder cart on the streets of Cairo. Despite the material misery, she tries to give her kids values and education. She’s a political person and follows what goes on around her. When the Arab Spring breaks out and the Mubarak regime finally falls, Nadia is filled with hope. But the chaotic circumstances cause deep wounds within her family.

2016 Dubai IFF (UAE) – Best Director, Best Feature Documentary
Luxor African FF (Egypt) – Best Feature Documentary
Tétouan International Mediterranean FF (Morocco) – Best First Work
Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Cinema in Milan (Italy) – Best Feature Film
Latin American Festival of Arab Cinema (Argentina) – Special Jury Mention
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Mahmood Soliman

In 1997, graduated from the Higher Cinema Institute in Cairo, Egypt Has published several essays in the Egyptian and Arab media and directed documentaries and fiction shows produced by Egyptian TV and Al Jazeera. He has also written, directed and produced numerous shorts and documentaries that were selected in more than 200 international film festivals and awarded more than 45 prizes.

Selected filmography

2016 We Have Never Been Kids