Talent Guide

Mayye Zayed

  • Discipline:Director, Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2019


An Egyptian filmmaker and a co-founder of Rufy’s Films; an independent film production company and a collective of 5 filmmakers in Alexandria, Egypt. She is a Fulbright scholar who studied cinema and media studies in Wellesley College and Innovations in Documentary in MIT in 2011/2012 in the US. She is the recipient of the Getty Images ARRAy grant in 2018 and Film Independent’s Global Media Makers Fellowships in 2017 and 2019. She’s also an alumna of Berlinale Talents, Mediterranean Film Institute, Documentary Campus Masterschool, DOX BOX and the American Film Showcase documentary program in USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Mayye is a film director, producer, director of photography and editor. In 2013 she co-directed, co- produced and co-shot the collaborative feature “The Mice Room” (Dubai FF 2013, Sao Paulo FF 2014) with 5 other filmmakers. As an editor, she edited the feature documentary “I Have a Picture” (Best Arab Feature Documentary in El-Gouna FF 2017, Best Documentary in Tripoli FF 2018, Best Documentary in Sharjah Film Platform 2019). In 2016, she directed, produced and edited the award winning short “A Stroll Down Sunflower Lane” (Berlinale 2016, AFI Fest 2016, Best Experimental Film in Sharjah Film Platform 2019). “Lift Like a Girl” is her first feature documentary.

Current Project

Lift Like a Girl


A coming of age story about Zebiba ; a young Egyptian girl who wants to be a world champion weightlifter. With the help of her loving coach, backbone and father-figure Captain Ramadan, she tries to pursue this unusual dream against all odds, as she trains daily in the dusty streets of the bustling city of Alexandria. Zebiba dreams to be the next Nahla Ramadan, who is the Captain’s daughter, trainee, a former world champion, an Olympian and one of the most famous Egyptian athletes.