When We're Born


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Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Images of Africa
Spotlight: Common Ground
Emerging Filmmaker Competition
Oscar Submission
Filmmaker Intro
Release Year:2019
Runtime:105 min
Festivals & Awards:Malmö Arab Film Festival 2020 - Best Screenplay, Best Actor
Print Source:Tamer Ezzat FIlms
Director:Tamer Ezzat
Producer:Moataz Abdewahab
Tamer Ezzat
Cinematographer:Rady Esamenkovic
Screenwriter:Nadine Shams
Editor:Michel Yousef
Principal Cast:Amr Abed
Ibtihal Elseriety
Salma Hassan
Mohamed Hatem
Amir Eid
Passant Shawky
Filmography:The Ring Road (2010)
Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician (2011)


How to Watch

Includes Introduction by Director/Producer Tamer Ezzat.

This tender, humanist social drama from Tamer Ezzat makes innovative use of music to link three stories where everyday life and ambitions conflict, forcing hard choices. The musical narration is composed by Amir Eid, lead singer/songwriter of the popular band the Cairokees.

The dreams of three Egyptians are interconnected in this exploration of the realities of contemporary life. Working-class Amin, a newly-wed, macho personal trainer, wants operate his own gym, but must put his manly pride on the line to fulfill his dream. Farah, a romantic, compassionate Coptic woman, finds herself falling in love with a carefree Muslim man. Can their relationship survive religious differences? And Beltagy (Eid) works for his wealthy father in the family business but yearns to rebel and pursue a singing career. Amid the loss of security, paralyzing traffic and family pressure, will these three make the best choices? Egypt’s 2021 Oscar submission for best international film. (Alissa Simon)

Director Biography

Tamer Ezzat Originally a graduate of the American University in Cairo, with a degree in Physics & Engineering, Tamer Ezzat later studied at the Center for Advanced Digital Applications at New York University and the New York Film Academy. He is the director of the documentary Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician (2011) and the features The Ring Road (2010) and When We’re Born (2019).