Filmed over five years, Amal is an observational self-discovering journey following Amal, an Egyptian teenager, while she grows from age 14 till 20 searching for her place and identity in a male-dominant society and a country in constant political turmoil. Amal, whose name literally translates to “hope”, is carving a place for herself within this hostile environment by defying the older generation and her pro-state family.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2017
Production country:
Egypt
Lebanon
Co production country:
France
Germany
Norway
Denmark
Qatar
Release date (national):
2017-11-16
Production company:
Abbout Productions
Artkhana
Co production company:
Andolfi
Barentsfilm AS
Good Company Pictures
Executive producer:
Talal Al-Muhanna
Bruni Burres
Producer:
Myriam Sassine
Mohamed Siam
Co producer:
Arnaud Dommerc
Sara Bökemeyer
Patricia Drati
Ingrid Lill Høgtun
Sales agent:
Doc&Film International

Director

  • Mohamed Siam

    Mohamed Siam is a documentary and fiction filmmaker who have received several grants from Sundance, IDFA, OIF and Catapult. Siam’s first feature Whose Country screened at New York Film Festival, Karlovy Vary and Hot Docs. 

    An alumnus of many prestigious film institutions such as Sundance Labs, IDFA Academy, La Femis, La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes Film Festival.  Siam is also a Berlinale, Durban and Beirut Talent Alumnus who has won Robert Bosch Film Prize.  

    Mohamed Siam

Festivals

2017:
IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Crew

Director:
Mohamed Siam
Cinematographer:
Mohamed Siam
Editor:
Véronique Lagoarde-Ségot
Camera:
Lotta Kilian
Sara Yahia
Composer:
Matthieu Deniau

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
83'
Subtitles:
English

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