SOUAD (Berlinale 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

In Souad, Egyptian filmmaker Ayten Amin presents an absorbing portrait of her 19-year-old title protagonist, a young woman negotiating her cultural traditions, family responsibilities and her own sense of self as a young woman in a social sphere heavily dominated by social media and pressures on appearances. Juggling these different versions of herself, Souad struggles to know who she really is at a time of vital transition in her life as she moves into adulthood.

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