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These Girls
(El-Banate Dol)
A film by Tahani Rached
Egypt, 2006, 68 minutes, Color, DVD, Arabic, Subtitled
Order No. W07924
Screened to audiences at the Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals, this fresh, irresistibly lively, intensely engaging documentary from widely acclaimed Egyptian director Tahani Rached (SORAÏDA, WOMAN OF PALESTINE and FOUR WOMEN OF EGYPT) follows a band of teenage girls living on the streets of Cairo. Rached won astonishing access to the girls’ world; this vigorous, cinematic film is built upon the deep trust of its subjects and the long experience of the filmmaker. Already at a disadvantage as impoverished and abused girls in a Muslim society, they encounter rape, drug addiction, prostitution, pregnancy and motherhood on the streets. While the girls’ troubles are not downplayed, neither are their courage, playfulness and vibrant camaraderie.

Rached brings alive the pulse of Cairo’s streets, offering an unsentimental portrait that avoids traps of guilt or cheap pity. What stands out is the strength and sheer joy that these girls project. With deft skill Rached reveals an invisible world and offers a loving homage to the inspirational, fierce girls who inhabit it.


Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen, Prix Ulysse
Carthage Film Festival, Jury Award

  • New Orleans Middle East Film Festival
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Toronto Int’l Film Festival
  • NY Film Festival
  • Miami Int’l Film Festival
  • Sheffield Documentary Film Festival
  • Montreal Festival de Nouveau Cinema
  • Dubai Int’l Film Festival
  • Cairo Int’l Film Festival
  • Stockholm Int’l Film Festival
  • Washington DC International Film Festival
  • Arab Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
  • Go Girls! at Symphony Space

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    “Exhilarating… The filmmaker has a remarkable ability to delve into the intimate levels of relationships with her subjects. Highly recommended for discussions on topics of women’s agency, marginality, subjectivity, identity formation, power, and resistance.”
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    “Inspired…compelling...Jaunty…in keeping with the overpowering child-like energy of the girls themselves.”
    Duane Byrge
    The Hollywood Reporter

    “Presents their day-to-day lives with sympathy unadulterated by analysis or First World pity.”
    Jay Weissberg

    “Follows the lives of these young women without sentimentalizing or sensationalizing their plight, but depicts the severity of their tragedy by allowing audiences to observe their lives at face value.”
    Mark Deming
    All Movie Guide

    “A brief but haunting window into a tragic world, the film captures the young women in all their persevering strength and marginalized wretchedness.”
    Nick Schager
    Slant magazine

    “3 ½ Stars. Highly Recommended. Remarkable… Rached’s unusual access to the girls’ world pays off brilliantly in this intimate and often heartbreaking expose of a side of Egyptian society unseen in the west.”
    Video Librarian

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