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Lift Like a Girl

Ash ya Captain
Mayye Zayed
German Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Egypt,
Germany,
Denmark
2020
95 minutes
Arabic
subtitles: 
English

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Mayye Zayed
Mayye Zayed
Anke Petersen
Anna Bolster
Eva Klöcker
Claudia Tronnier
The Getty Images ARRAY Grant
Arab Fund For Arts & Culture (AFAC)
HotDocs - Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund
International Media Support (IMS)
The Danish-Arab Partnership Programme The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI)
Samir Nabil
Andromeda Film AG
Kristoffer Salting
Brian Dyrby
Sara Abdallah
Mayye Zayed
Mohamad Elhadidi
Marian Mentrup

Captain Ramadan’s “gym” is located in a dusty residential area near the port of Alexandria. This is where the former professional athlete has coached young women in weightlifting for over twenty years – including his daughter Nahla, the first Egyptian world champion. An extraordinarily intimate portrait of this lone and fighter who raised Egypt’s young athletes to world class level with self-funding, which also puts the focus on a second protagonist: young Asmaa.

Mayye Zayed has followed the Captain’s student, who was fourteen at the start, for four years. Wearing a red Popeye t-shirt and backed by her coach, she fights her way to the global top league matches. The story of the inner highs and lows of the introverted young woman unfolds gently as the camera captures her emotional states precisely without many words. The dramaturgy of the chronological narrative follows the events in the best direct cinema manner, impressively adapting to the rhythm of life – and death. The result is the portrait of an unusual relationship and of a harsh environment that demands more than physical strength from the participants.
Borjana Gaković
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award, DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness
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Small Worlds, Big People
Redistribution and Having a Say
Family Ties
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Kids DOK 2020
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Long, Live, Love Sine Skibsholt
Rose is a teenager who fights with her mother and, for the second time, against cancer. She records everything in her diary: good and bad moments, photos, memories, drawings.
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Long, Live, Love

Lever Elsker Savner
Sine Skibsholt
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Denmark
2020
78 minutes
Danish
subtitles: 
English

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Sine Skibsholt
Helle Faber
Kim Christiansen
Sine Skibsholt
Ina Lindgreen
Rebekka Lønqvist
Thomas Arent
Martin Juel Dirkov

Rosemarie has defeated cancer as a small child. Now she’s fourteen and the disease is back. Though her mother supports Rose, her anxiety makes it hard to get along with her. Their relationship is complicated and so is being a teenager with cancer. Rose looks ahead: new school, new haircut, new image. She wants to move on – and she wants her mother to do the same.

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Family Ties
Small Worlds, Big People
Re-Visions 2020
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Slaves David Aronowitsch, Hanna Heilborn
Two Southern Sudanese children look back at their experiences of slavery. The authentic 2003 sound recording expands into an animated space in children’s colours.
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Slaves

Slavar
David Aronowitsch, Hanna Heilborn
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Sweden,
Norway,
Denmark
2008
16 minutes
English,
Dinka
subtitles: 
English

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David Aronowitsch
Hanna Heilborn
David Aronowitsch
Hanna Heilborn
Medieoperatørene
Pausefilm ApS
Mats Johansson
Magnus Östergren
Anders Nyström
Peter Albrechtsen

Nine-year-old Abuk and 15-year-old Machiek have survived an ordeal. Like many Southern Sudanese children, they were robbed and enslaved by militias. In 2003, after their liberation, they visited Sweden to talk about their experiences. The authentic sound recording expands into animated space and supplies the voiceover for images of fear and memories in children’s colours.

Ralph Eue
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