A teenage girl takes a step toward adulthood in contemporary Cairo.
Nick Kush: Farida Zahran shows plenty of restraint in telling this coming-of-age story; in the wrong hands, Youth could turn into a needlessly brutal short, but she wisely steps back and focuses on more mundane scenarios and the quiet distress of the unnamed main character. Seeing this young woman quietly struggle with societal expectations and setting boundaries is very moving and poignant.
Written, Directed, and Editing by Farida Zahran
Yasmeen El Hawary
Produced by Leah Chen Baker and Enas Al Khashab
Cinematography: Kristin Kouke
Sound Department: Sara Kaddouri and Moustafa Shaaban
Check out Farida Zahran’s website for more information on the director.
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