Souad12A

Souad

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  • Fri 17 Sep to Mon 20 Sep
  • 96 minutes
  • Director: Ayten Amin
  • Cast: Bassant Ahmed, Basmala El Ghaiesh, Hussein Ghanem
  • Egypt / Tunisia / Germany (2020)
  • This film is subtitled

Synopsis

In a small city on the Nile Delta, 19 year old Souad (Bassant Ahmed) leads a double life. Conservative and veiled in public, online she obsesses over her appearance and embarks on secret virtual romances.


As the reality of her personal situation comes increasingly into conflict with her digital life, she struggles to rectify her ambitions with her future until tragedy strikes.


Featuring astonishing performances from a cast of non-professionals, the film - co-produced by Wim Wenders - acutely examines the contradictions of teenage life in contemporary Egypt and the challenges of combining traditional values with social media.


★★★★

"One of those rare films which really engages with online existence and social media - yet without needing to flash up tweets and texts as onscreen graphics in the way most movies do" - The Guardian 


★★★★

"Amin's quietly bristling film has a whole world going on under the surface" - Financial Times