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Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2019

Farida Zahran / Shorts Programme / Egypt, United States of America / 2018 / 11 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic / English subtitles
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.


A thought-provoking coming-of-age story, 'Youth' follows a teenage girl as she takes her first tentative steps toward adulthood in contemporary Cairo. Finding herself embarking into new territory at a social event, our protagonist ends up alone with a boy after they leave to get pizza together. The event causes an inner conflict, and independent of peer pressure or parental guidance—she must ultimately consider her own boundaries for the first time.

About the Director

Farida Zahran is an Egyptian writer/director currently pursuing her MFA in Film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, as well as working on developing her first feature. Her last short film, ‘Youth’, premiered at SXSW 2019 and received an Oscar-qualifying award at Palm Springs International ShortFest. Prior to school, Farida worked in development at the Doha Film Institute. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.


Farida Zahran
Leah Chen Baker
Farida Zahran
Associate Producer
Amgad Zahran, Mohamed Fakhro
Enas Al Khashab
Kristin Kouke
Moustafa Shaaban
Assistant Director
Khaled El Fares
Yasmeen El Hawary Nesma Bahi Ahmed Hosny Mostafa Hossen Enas El Fallal

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