We all face a lot of hardships in life and it’s important that we work hard to deal with these in the right manner and push forward to be the best we can. Of course this is easy to write in a blog post but not always as easy in our actual life. When someone does triumph and make good of bad situations you have to show a lot of respect and learn from their experiences.
I first met Nagham as part of a walking group that I joined when I moved to Cairo. That was 3 years ago. She is an extremely interesting person growing up in Dubai and now living next to the river Nile with her mother in Cairo. We quickly developed a friendship and would meet to go for long walks and talks around our neighbourhood Maadi and beyond. I knew a little about Nagham’s troubles with her mother but she didn’t really speak too much about it, for obvious reasons, when we first met.
Nagham works in film, she can be found on the production credits of movies like Transformers 2, Fair Game, Cairo Time and the upcoming Inescapable. She has travelled far and wide and is extremely talented. More than anything her desire has always been to write, produce and direct her own movies.
In early 2011 Egypt started it’s revolution. I was in Tahrir square on the first day January 25th and was able to witness a new breath of life in the average Egyptian. The belief that they could have a say in their destiny had fueled them and given a courage and desire I had never seen before.
When I bumped into Nagham in the square during that period I saw this same spark in her. Rushing from place to place and being as involved as she could she felt the courage that was so contagious at the time.
This courage has led her to face up to her life and show her relationship with her mother openly in a film named Little.
Nagham’s mother is regrettably suffering from Alzheimer’s. As an only child living with her mother Nagham has had to live with the ups and downs and struggles of having an ill parent. It’s clear that she loves her mother dearly but she wants to share her experiences, the beauty and the ugliness of the life she lives.
As she says in her synopsis Little is:
A story that reads into the mother-daughter relationship on a day-to-day basis in an Egyptian home. What happens when the mother forgets that she ever had a daughter? What happens when the daughter realizes that this woman isn’t her mother? This is the film Little.
The documentary film is underway but Nagham is sourcing funds to try and complete the project and bring it to festivals around the world. Nagham really is putting her heart and soul into this project and I it takes tremendous courage to make a personal relationship the subject of your own movie.
Here is a clip from the movie:
Nagham is aiming to raise $5000 to complete her project and the page to donate can be found here: Little: Little A personal story about maternal love in the face of alzheimer’s and adoption.
I can’t wait to see the movie and I honestly think we can all learn a lot from Nagham’s courage to produce this. She is also doing a huge service to those living with sufferers of Alzheimer’s and the sufferers themselves.
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