Lift Like A Girl

On a busy, noisy high-traffic street corner in Alexandria, Egypt, a seemingly vacant corner lot surrounded by chain link fencing is the training site of Egypt’s most elite champions – female weightlifters.

Zebiba (Arabic for “raisin”) has been training at the site for five years, since she was 9, following in the footsteps of Egypt’s most famous athletes of all time – including the first Arab, female, two-time Olympic medalist weightlifter, Abeer Abdel Rahman, and World champion and Olympic athlete, Nahla Ramadan. Nahla’s father, the visionary Captain Ramadan, has bred champions, female champions, from his makeshift corner–lot training site for over two decades – 4 Olympic, 9 World and 17 Pan African champions.

Now it is Zebiba’s turn. But can Zebiba put aside her youthful instincts, and direct her focus to be the weightlifting champion the Captain is sure she is?

Team Partner
Amrosh Badr
Producer / Production Details
Cleo Media
Rufy's Films (Egypt)
JYOTI Film (Germany)

Top Awards/Festivals
Getty Images ARRAY grant
Global Media Makers program, Film Independent in LA, USA
TIFF (2020) - World Premiere
DOC NYC (2020)
DOK Leipzig (2020) - European Premiere
Cairo International Film Festival (2020)
Training Programme
Masterschool 2015