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Egyptian women tell their story in 'Colored Dress'

An Egyptian docudrama seeks to highlight the success stories of real women who have battled with social norms and economic difficulties to pursue the lives they want.

“Why is all my positive energy always going down the drain and I end up depressed? Why does society think that once a woman turns 30, she cannot learn something new?” laments Ola Ammar, a 36-year-old woman in a wheelchair, during a scene in "Colored Dress," a film by Egyptian director Ehab Moustafa.

Ammar is one of the 15 women whose stories are told in the film in order to show the different aspects of women’s lives in Egypt. The 40-minute film, released last December, is a mix of reality and imagination, where each woman plays her own life story. The story line of how the women’s lives are intertwined is fictional.

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