The Impact of Pressure: Film, Talk & Performance

Monday 21 Nov 19:30 – 21:00h
Note: English event


This multimedia programme researches the impact of the pressure of one’s social environment.

This programme consists of a spoken word performance by theatre maker Khouloud Zaher and a Zoom interview with Ayten Amin, the director of SOUAD. The moderator for the evening is Christin Höne. Some more information per speaker:

  • Khouloud Zaher is theatre maker, writer of spoken word and performer. She can be seen soon in Twelfth Night by Aluin, a gender fluid music spectacle.
  • Ayten Amin was born in Alexandria, Egypt. From 2009 she made several short and feature fiction films, as well as documentaries and a TV series. Her latest film SOUAD was officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival of 2020 and included in The Guardian’s 50 Best Films of 2021.
  • Christin Höne is Assistant Professor Literature & Art at Maastricht University. Her research spans modern and contemporary anglophone literature, with a particular focus on postcolonial literature, sound studies and queer theory.


7:15 PM Welcome
7:30 PM Introduction
7:40 PM Start film
9:15 PM Start performance & discussion
10:00 PM End
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Gripping drama about the contradictions in a young woman’s life in conservative Egypt, where religious traditions clash with the new world of social media.

Zagazig, a small city on the Nile Delta in Egypt. Today.

Souad, 19-year-old young woman, leads a double life. While remaining conservative and veiled among her family and society, Souad is obsessed with her image on social media, and goes in several secret virtual relationships with men. She constantly lies about her personal life, projecting wishfully images of a different desired life. Her ambitions are slowly crushed by the invasion of her true reality.

A series of small incidents lead to a tragic event, that makes Rabab, her 13-year-old little sister, embark on a real-life journey looking for answers.

In a careful sketch of the two sisters’ emotional lives, Ayten Amin highlights how the smartphone has become indispensable in today’s society and the challenges this poses to modern teenagers. Which opinion do they value most: that of the small circle of people around them or that of their followers?