Egyptian documentary ‘Lift like a girl’ now available on Netflix

Netflix will stream TIFF 2020 documentary ‘Lift Like a Girl’ from Egyptian director Mayye Zayed, who also serves as producer.

Mayye Zayed went to Wellesley and MIT where she studied film and documaking. She then spent four years following the main character of her female empowerment documentary, Lift Like a Girl. Zebiba (which means raisin in Arabic), entered former Olympic athlete Captain Ramadan’s weightlifting training camp on a vacant Alexandria lot at only 9 years old.

Being Zayed’s first feature documentary, the film tracks the producer through her training, charting her wins and losses, as she overcomes the prejudices of a male-dominated sport on her journey from dust to gold. It is produced by Cléo Media in co-production with ZDF Das Kleine Fernsehspiel and is in association with Jyoti Film and Rufy’s Films.

This documentary is written, directed, and produced by Mayye Zayed, co-produced by Anka Petersen and Anna Polster, edited by Sarah Abdullah, photographed by Muhammad Al-Hadidi, sound tape design by Samir Nabil and Brian Derby, music by Marianne Montreb, colour correction, a grant from Andromeda Film, and it is an Egyptian-German-Danish co-production.

The film received the Golden Dove Award for Best Film in the German competition in Dok Leipzig 2020 and three major awards at the 2020 Cairo International Film Festival including the Bronze Pyramid for Best First or Second Film, Audience Award and Isis Award for Best Egyptian Film representing women’s social and economic role.