release date September 19 2023
Saeed Taji Farouki’s SOON WE WILL ALL BE HISTORY HERE wins MAD Solutions’ Distribution Grant
MAD Solutions recently awarded Saeed Taji Farouki’s Jordanian feature project SOON WE WILL ALL BE HISTORY HERE a distribution grant of $20,000 as a minimum guarantee in exchange for the film’s distribution and sales rights in the Arab world during the latest edition of the Amman International Film Festival’s Amman Film Industry Days.
SOON WE WILL ALL BE HISTORY HERE is being produced by Maria Caruana Galizia of Candle and Bell Limited and co-produced May Odeh and Tareq Abu-Lughod. The project has already received production grants from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and the Jordanian Royal Film Commission.
The film follows Suleiman — a quiet Gazan man who rescues an injured peregrine falcon on his farm and begins to believe it's the reincarnation of his sister. When Hisham, a downhearted and lost teenager, becomes obsessed with the bird, a power struggle ensues over its companionship.
The MAD Solutions Distribution Grant comes as part of the company's strategy to support the Arab film industry in its various stages of production in both the international and the Arab arenas and to promote these films in the long term, wherein MAD had previously presented similar awards at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, the market and forum of the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, Palestine Cinema Days, the professional forum at the National Film Festival in Tangier, and the Final Cut at the Venice International Film Festival.
Previous laureates of the award include Yassine Fennane’s THE LAST REHEARSAL and Adel Al-Bakri’s THE EVENING TRAIN in 2022, and Yahya Muzahim’s THE HAND OF MARYAM in 2021.
Saeed Taji Farouki is a British Palestinian director who’s been creating work around themes of conflict, human rights, and colonialism since 2004. His documentary A THOUSAND FIRES premiered at Locarno's Critics’ Week, where it won the Marco Zucchi Prize. The documentary has screened in over 30 international festivals since.
Farouki also made the fiction short STRANGE CITIES ARE FAMILIAR (2019), which was selected for 18 international festivals and won Best Short twice. His other short THEY LIVE IN FORESTS. THEY ARE EXTREMELY SHY (2016) was broadcast on Channel 4 and also won Best Short at the British Royal Television Society Awards.
About the AFID
The Amman Film Industry Days (AFID) is the industrial arm of the Amman International Film Festival - Awal Film (AIFF), which is Jordan’s first international film festival that showcases Arab and international movies and is organized under the umbrella of the Jordanian Royal Film Commission and initially developed with MAD Solutions.
The AFID is a cohesive program launched with the festival that includes film industry events, masterclasses, seminars, and discussions with directors and film professionals as well as three pitching platforms for feature-length narrative or documentary projects in development and post-production that was made to support and stimulate filmmakers in Jordan and the region.