Kawthar Younis is an egyptian director. Her father was a film professor at Cairo Higher Institute of Cinema, one of the oldest film schools in the Middle East. As a child, Younis would attend his lectures and, once she became a teenager, she started gaining experience on sets. When she turned 18, Younis took on paid crew jobs, working for outstanding Egyptian directors such as Yousry Nasrallah and Amr Arafa. She rose through the ranks to become an assistant director. At the same time, she was studying film at Cairo Higher Institute of Cinema. Her 2016 graduation film A Present From The Past propelled her into the local cinema scene after it became a breakout arthouse hit.