Programme 2018

Amal

Director: Mohamed Siam

documentary

Asia Premiere

Section: World Cinema

Country: Lebanon, Egypt, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Qatar | Year: 2017

Language(s): Arabic | Time: 83 mins

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.

Director's Bio

Mohamed Siam is an Egyptian documentary and fictional film director and a cinematographer who has received several international grants and prizes in support of his films, including from Sundance Institute, World Cinema Fund, Doha Film Institute, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund. His films have screened at many prestigious international film festivals around the world.