Documentary: Amal

Lebanon/Egypt/France/Germany/Norway/Denmark/Qatar 2017
83 min., HD, colour, Arabic with English and French subtitles

The Team:

Director & Script: Mohamed Siam (Egypt)
Producers: Myriam Sassine (Libanon), Mohamed Siam (Ägypten)
Co-Producers: Arnaud Dommerc (France), Sara Bökemeyer (Germany), Patricia Drati (Denmark), Ingrid Lill Høgtun (Norway)
DoP: Mohamed Siam (Egypt)

Title: Amal
Category: Documentary
Length: 83 minutes

Amal is a feisty teenager growing up in post- revolution Egypt while they’re both undergoing a tremendous change. Within a constant political turmoil, Amal searches for her place, identity and sexuality in a patriarchal society. Amal, whose name literally translates to “hope”, is embarking on a 6 year compelling journey from childhood to adulthood. Along the way, she realizes her limited options as a woman living in an Arab police state.

Jury statement:
For its freshness, intimacy and dynamic approach showing the power of a marginalized young woman in Egyptian society today and the openess of the director to the sudden turns history and private lives can take, the prize goes to Amal.

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The Team

© David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2015
Mohamed Siam and Sara Bökemeyer at the award ceremony