Saturday 15 June
Mohamed Siam, 83 min, Documentary, in Arabic with English subtitles, Egypt/Germany/France/Lebanon/Qatar, 2017
Followed by a discussion with the director Mohamed Siam
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 striving to fulfill her personal and political dreams and ambitions.
The film has won Tanit D’or for documentaries at Carthage Film Festival. It was nominated for the Amnesty International Award at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Documentary Award at Luxembourg City Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary at Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival and Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Feature Documentary.