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Souad Rated 12A

Souad

Dir. Ayten Amin. Egypt, 2021. 1h 42m. Arabic/subs. Starring Bassant Ahmed, Sarah Shedid, Basmala Elghaiesh, Hussein Ghanem, Hagar Mahmoud, Carol Ackad.

In a small city on the Nile Delta, a teenager lives a double life – conservative and veiled among her family yet outgoing and liberated through her online alter-ego. Featuring astonishing performances from a cast of non-professionals, this sensitive coming-of-age drama (co-produced by Wim Wenders) is an acute examination of Egypt’s Generation Z.

‘Ayten Amin’s sharp, subtle coming-of-age drama [is a] shrewd and poignant study of social media identities’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘Amin's quietly bristling film has a whole world going on under the surface.’ ★★★★ Danny Leigh, The FT