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Directed by Mohamed Kahn

Egypt 2013 92 mins. In Arabic

Hiyam, a young clothing factory worker, lives in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Cairo. Under the spell of the factory’s new supervisor Salah, she believes love can transcend the class differences between them. When a pregnancy test kit is discovered, her family and friends accuse her of losing her virginity. Deciding to ignore them, she pays a high price in a society that can’t accept independent women. Following the changes that take place in her life over the course of the year, from falling in love to facing heartbreak, Factory Girl’s portrait of everyday female struggle earned the Critic’s Prize for Best Arab Feature at the Dubai International Film Festival and is this year’s Egyptian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.