With the smile of an angel and the will of a warrior, Malek is far from an average 11-year-old girl. Striving to one day become a professional fencer, she spends every day training alongside her best friend Yassmine in a working class neighbourhood in Tunis. Malek and Yassmine are training intensively to take the top medals in an upcoming fencing competition. When the day finally arises, Malek's strength and dreams are put to the test. An intimate coming-of-age story, the film captures the life of a young Muslim girl who allows for herself to feel and to fight.
Lea Hjort Mathiesen is a student at the National Film School of Denmark.