A Kiss


A Kiss is a funny, light-hearted and adventurous short film about three teenage friends living in an asylum shelter in the Netherlands.  

A Kiss is a short film made with kids aged between 10 and 15 years old, living in asylum shelters (AZC in Dutch) throughout the Netherlands. For months these kids were trained in acting. They had workshops and went to a theater camp where professionals gave them a crash course in acting. A Kiss was initiated by Nima Mohaghegh and Saman Amini. Both Mohaghegh en Amini were refugees that came to the Netherlands at the end of the 1990’s and have lived a large part of their childhood in different asylum shelters throughout the Netherlands. A Kiss creates a realistic view of what it’s like to grow up in an asylum shelter. In this way, Mohaghegh en Amini hope to create a bridge of understanding between asylum seekers and the European society.

We don’t want to bypass the sometimes-degrading conditions that these people live in, but that is a story everyone understands. We want to show what people might not understand. That is: Asylum shelters are just like any other place. A place where people make friends, fall in love and where young people grow up. A Kiss gives a glimpse behind the closed doors of an asylum shelter. Surprisingly, it’s just normal people living their everyday lives. Yes, they have suffered greatly, but at the end, they just want what everyone else wants: Safety, happiness and a life lived to its utmost.

Kleur, 30 min, jeugd, drama.

Regie: Nima Mohaghegh

Scenario: Nima Mohaghegh, Saman Amini

Producers: Christine de Jager, Nima Mohaghegh, Saman Amini

Cinematography: Joris Bulstra

Montage: Wouter van Luijn, NCE

Sound-Design: Quincy Vlijtig, Michaël Sauvage

Composer: Zbigniew Wolny

Production Design: Jasmijn Huijsmans, Marten Hoekstra

Internationale Première: New York International Children’s Film Festival



  • Nederlands Filmfestival 2018, Gouden Kalf Competitie, Nederland.
  • Cinekid Filmfestival 2018, Korte film competitie, Nederland.
  • New York International Children’s Film Festival 2019, short film competition, VS



  • Beste Dutch Short Film, Cinekid 2018.
  • Nomination: Best short film, Dutch Academy Awards 2018.
  • Audience Award, New York International Children’s Film Festival 2019.
Client: Black Sheep Can Fly
Date: October 1, 2018
Services: Sales, Festival distribution