29 May 2021

Mayye Zayed: a peek into Egypt's female weight-lifting scene

From Saturday Morning, 9:07 am on 29 May 2021
Mayye Zayed

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Egyptian director Mayye Zayed spent four years immersed in the world of Alexandria's competitive female weight-lifting scene for her new documentary, Lift Like A Girl.

The film follows Zebiba (which means 'raisin' in Arabic), who started training at age nine, with the dream of following in the footsteps of world weightlifting champion Nahla Ramadan. In an effort to reach her goal, she joins the gym run by Nahla's legendary father, Captain Ramadan.

Lift Like A Girl is screening online in New Zealand from 4 June until 11 July as part of the DocEdge Festival. See the full DocEdge programme here.