NIMA MOHAGHEGH - Writer/director
Nima was born in Chicago, Illinois (USA). At a young age he returned to Iran with his parents. Nima fled to the Netherlands with his parents from Iran in 1996. He successfully completed his studies at the Grafisch Lyceum in Rotterdam and at the Film Academy in Amsterdam.
His stories focus on characters whom face human dilemmas in extreme circumstances. During his studies, Nima directed the commercials for Semmy Foundation (2011), Fight Cancer (2012) and Out and Proud (2012). His graduation film 'Sacred Defence' was nominated for the Student Academy Awards and was awarded the CILECT Prize later that year which he accepted in Los Angeles (USA) with Saman Amini.
SAMAN AMINI - Writer
Saman Amini graduated from the Theater Academy in Maastricht in 2014. The NRC nominated Amini as one of the rising stars of this year. He was involved in the successful theater performances 'Nobody Home' and ‘Jihad' as a theater-maker and writer. His performance ‘Samenloop van Omstandigheden' at Theater Festival De Parade was first runner up in the top 10 of Hein Janssen’s Theater season 2016. The NRC wrote: ''The rich symbolism and engaging content of ‘Samenloop van Omstandigheden’ make it one of the best performances that has been shown in recent years“. As initiator he debuted on Oerol festival in 2016 of the theater performance 'A Seat at the Table'. The show was a hit on the island and was awarded five stars by the NRC.
He also played in Dutch television series such as Van God Los, Bluf and The Group.
In addition to the success of his theater performances he is successful as a singer. This year he released his single ‘Dunne Lijn’. Since 2016 he is part of the ensemble of the National Theater in the Netherlands and is featured in ‘The Nation’ (director Eric de Vroedt) for the season 2016-2017.
CHRISTINE DE JAGER - Producer
Christine is no stranger to the Theater world. Her skillset is not shown on the stage, but behind the scenes. As backbone for the productions Jihad de Voorstelling and DEGASTEN, she was the undeniable force that ensured the show will go on. Christine also worked at Kaboem for 8 years. A production company for which she worked on creating, carrying out and producing concepts. One such concept is festival The Brave; the first open-air festival in the Netherlands focused on singer/songwrite, Indie and Folk music.
A KISS is her first movie production.
OMAR ALWAN - Actor
In October 2015 Omar fled Deir ez-Zor; one of the cities heavily pummelled by the war in Syria. Omar has been selected out of 160 children from the refugee centers who have auditioned to play one of the main roles in the movie.
PARMIS AMINI - Actress
Parmis fled Iran in her mother's belly with her sister and older brother to the Netherlands. In 2001 she was born in the refugee center in Zwolle. Together with her mother, brother and sister, she was held for 8 weeks in the detention center in Rotterdam in 2005.
WALID TAHA - Actor
Walid was casted for the main role of the kids movie ‘Koningsdag’ and has played a role in the tv-series ‘Lost in the Game’.