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Egyptian women dance to the tune of their protest and reclaimed freedom to simply be themselves.

Akoon translates to ‘being’ from the Arabic word أكون. As such, filmmaker Zeina Aref who's based in London and Cairo, raised in Egypt, made this film with the motive of honouring and celebrating Egyptian women for their expressive journeys towards reclaiming the spaces they rightfully deserve.

Akoon is about the individual strength and collective unity to exist freely, despite the socio-political and cultural environment. The film follows four fictional narratives profiling Egyptian women from diverse yet intersectional backgrounds. They dance in protest. They dance to reclaim their self in every desired space.

Zeina Aref 'This project was driven by a sense of frustration towards the unjust reality that being a woman means so many things except the freedom to be one.'


Director Zeina Aref @zeinaaref

Choreographer Karima Mansour @karimamansour_official

Cinematography Ahmed Tarek Bayoumi @atbayoumi  

Art Direction Youssef El Sayed @useflsay

Starring @karimamansour_official , @mariamramy__ , @cactellah , @habib.nermin , @fatma.elzahraa1, @monicaabadir , @maiyackout_ , @onlyfanita

Production Design @zeinaaref @useflsay

Sound Design & Music Production @rameznaguib  

Spoken word @cherineabulwafa

Styling @ahmedwsorour