Lift Like A Girl: An Egyptian tale of female empowerment?

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As a British Egyptian woman who is passionate about weightlifting, it was a pleasant surprise to find out that the very first Egyptian documentary to screen on Netflix is about young Egyptian women pursuing their dreams of becoming Olympic weightlifting champions. Lift Like a Girl (2020), which was released on Netflix in early August, is directed and produced by Egyptian filmmaker Mayye Zayed, and previously premiered at Cairo International Film Festival. The 90-minute documentary follows Asmaa, fondly nicknamed “Zebiba,” from the ages of fourteen to eighteen as she rises to become one of Egyp…

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