Amal

    • Mohamed Siam
    • Egypt, Lebanon, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Qatar
    • 2017
    • 83 min

    Synopsis

    Amal is 14 years old when she ends up on Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution, after the death of her boyfriend in the Port Said Stadium riot. During the protests, she is beaten by police and dragged across the square by her hair. This coming-of-age film follows her over the years after the revolution. As the film cuts between the unfolding current events and Amal’s rapidly changing life and appearance, we see her searching for her own identity in a country in transition. Amal is fiery and fearless, sinking her teeth into the protests and constantly lecturing her mother, who works as a judge. A girl among men, she also has to fight for respect and the right to take part, both in the street and in the rest of her life. In Egypt, even for a young woman like Amal—her name means "hope"—the choices open to her for her future are limited. 

    Credits

    • 83 min
    • color
    • DCP
    Director
    Mohamed Siam
    Production
    Myriam Sassine for Abbout Productions, Mohamed Siam for ArtKhana
    Executive producer
    Talal Al-Muhanna, Bruni Burres
    Co-production
    Andolfi, Barentsfilm As, Good Company Pictures
    Cinematography
    Mohamed Siam
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    IDFA history

    2016
    Supported with €17500 for Classic: Production & postproduction
    2016
    Round Table Pitch

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