Amina Profile

The Amina Profile

  • Canada
  • 85
  • 18A
  • Sophie Deraspe
  • Sophie Deraspe
  • Isabelle Couture (Producer)
  • Sophie Deraspe (Cinematographer)
  • Geoffrey Boulangé (Editor)
  • Sophie Deraspe (Editor)
  • Sophie Deraspe (Writer)
  • Sam Shalabi (Music)
  • Frédéric Cloutier (Sound)

Montrealer Sandra Bagaria is having an erotic and intellectual online romance with Amina Araff, a Syrian-American woman living in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising was being violently repressed, Araff launched the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus, which quickly became a source for respected news media reports of on-the-ground stories of resistance. But when Araff is abducted and Bagaria starts a campaign to free her, no one—not even the US State Department—can find a trace of her. A modern love story shapeshifts into an international thriller as journalists and activists hunt for the real Araff through the virtual world. Identities and avatars proliferate, fiction is reported as fact and nothing can be taken as truth. Superb storytelling and cinematic style seamlessly blends with erotica, news footage of the uprisings and shots of an imaginary Araff walking the streets of Damascus. A true masterpiece of hybrid documentary cinema. Lynne Fernie

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