As a young woman Rashida Abdel Salam had acting aspirations but "I couldn’t be an actress because I can’t roll my R’s properly, so I found out about editing." Throughout a career spanning over four decades, Abdel Salam has edited films by some of the most celebrated Egyptian directors, including Youssef Chahine.
A deeply personal film that draws on Chahine’s own childhood, set in 1942, Alexandria... Why? tells the story of Yehia, a teenager obsessed with Hollywood cinema, and who dreams of studying filmmaking in America. A rich and kaleidoscopic portrait of war-torn Egypt and its inhabitants struggling to find love and happiness.