Lift Like A Girl
An intimate look into the inner life of an aspiring athlete.
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 the age of nine. She is following in the footsteps of Egypt’s most famous athletes of all time – including the first Arab, female, two-time Olympic medallist weightlifter, Abeer Abdel Rahman, and World champion and Olympic athlete, Nahla Ramadan. Nahla’s father, the visionary Captain Ramadan, has bred female champions, from his makeshift corner–lot training site for over two decades – four Olympic, nine 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?
One of the best documentaries of the year. An essential testimony of female strength and an inspiring story about passion and perseverance.
Ricardo Gallegos, La Estatuilla