An engrossing portrait of Middle Eastern Generation Z.
Dir Ayten Amin
With Bassant Ahmed, Basmala Elghaiesh, Hussein Ghanem
A BFI release
Like many teenagers, 19-year-old Souad is addicted to her phone. But to her it’s more than a device to connect with friends; it’s an escape from her conservative life and a virtual playground where she can experiment, and fashion different personalities for herself. Around her family she’s a dutiful daughter and responsible student, but when alone she unleashes her digital alter-egos, firing off flirtatious messages and suggestive pictures late into the night, obsessively awaiting responses from her social-influencer boyfriend Ahmed. Ayten Amin’s second feature continues her examination of modern Egypt, and here she works with non-actors (including the extremely impressive Bassant Ahmed as Souad), and deploys a very close, verité shooting style – all with a non-judgemental lens.
Kimberley Sheehan, Events Programmer
See our Woman With a Movie Camera preview and Q&A, and look out for our new Arab cinema season coming in September.
These screenings will be presented with HoH subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing: Sun 29 Aug 13:20 NFT2, Tue 31 Aug 18:00 NFT3.