Amina

Amina

  • Yemen
  • 75
  • STC

Provided with remarkable access to her title character, Khadija Al-Salami’s film provides a chilling account of life on death row in a Yemeni prison for women. Amina, a mother of three who was married off at 11 years of age, awaits execution after standing convicted of murdering her husband. Originally denied access to her subject, the persistent Al-Salami eventually earns Amina’s trust, as well as that of the prison’s authorities. Using firsthand accounts and dramatic reconstruction, the film chronicles Amina’s daily prison life (where inmates live communally with their children), her two escapes, her last-minute reprieves and her persistent efforts to clear her name for a crime she says she did not commit. Chris McDonald.

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