“You’ll face obstacles. It’s a protracted journey,” 14-year-old Zebiba is warned in a trailer for “Raise Like a Woman.” The aspiring athlete is being skilled by Captain Ramadan, who has spent twenty years teaching world-class weightlifters in Egypt, together with his daughter, Nahla Ramadan, and Abeer Abdel Rahman. The previous went on to develop into a world champion and the latter made historical past as the primary Arab girl to develop into a two-time Olympic medalist. Zebiba is his newest protégée. Shot over 4 years, the documentary follows her journey.
“As a lot as I hope that the movie can encourage younger women to pursue their unconventional desires, I additionally hope that it could possibly open a dialogue about gender roles, stereotypes, and gender bias in language,” director Mayye Zayed instructed us in a soon-to-be printed interview.
Take a look at the trailer to see Zebiba in motion. “Raise like a champion,” she’s reminded. “We’re weightlifting right here.”
“Raise Like a Woman” is now screening on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition.