Farida Zahran’s Short Movie “Youth” Is on Its Way to SXSW 2019 Film Festival!


Seems like Arab movies are on a roll after the Lebanese “Capernaum” was nominated for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film. It was just announced that the Egyptian short movie, “Youth”, by the brilliant Director, Farida Zahran is on its way to participate in South By Southwest “SXSW”!

SXSW is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It has been going on since 1987, and this year, it takes place from the 8th till the 17th of March! SXSW is run by the company SXSW LLC which organizes conferences, trade shows, festivals, and other events.

Farida Zahran is an Egyptian filmmaker pursuing her MFA in Film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She’s currently a third year student at Tisch and is working on developing her first feature. The drama short film is about a teenager who finds herself in new territory after she decides to approach her crush at a party. When they end up alone in his car, she is pushed to consider her own boundaries for the first time. When you watch it, you’ll love the acting of Yasmeen El Hawary and the promising young Actor/Writer, Ahmed Hosny.

The film is only 11 minutes long but there has been a lot of effort put into it. It’s directed, written, and edited by Farida. Producers are Leah Chen Baker and Enas Al Khashab, while the executive producer is Alia Khairat. The cinematographer is Kristin Kouke, the music is by Wes Braver, and the sound engineering is by Sara Kaddouri.

WE SAID THIS: We definitely want to see more from the talented filmmakers in the region.