The feminist movement in Egypt is gaining more strength than ever. Increasing numbers of women are daring to raise their voices against sexual harassment, but this outpouring of courage comes from far back.
The Arab Spring brought hope of freedom and change, however, it is often forgotten that during the mass protest on January 25, 2011 in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, savage gang rapes took place. The outrage of Egyptian women sparked a major protest to defend their rights. Director Samaher Alqadi was at the forefront of capturing a revolt by women that went unnoticed in the media.
During filming, Alqadi became pregnant and the film reflects on motherhood and the limits of freedom.
Through a deeply personal narrative, Alqadi recounts the painful memories of her childhood to illustrate the obstacles many girls face in Arab societies. Alqadi’s courage to explore the roots of gender inequality in the Middle East crosses borders and smashes the patriarchy, as the camera turns into a weapon of self-defense.
A strong cinematic bid against women’s oppression in the Arab world.— Davide Abbatescianni · Cineuropa
A documentary that feels like a protest song.— James Mottram · The National
Gripping, important and impressively powerful.— Mark Adams · Business Doc Europe
A tribute to the courageous women of Egypt.— Jo-Ann Titmarsh · Hey u Guys