The Amina Profile

DIRECTOR: Sophie Deraspe

West Coast Premiere

Expected to attend: Subject Sandra Bagaria

Strap yourself in for a wild ride that dashes from intimate love story to international mystery in the blink of an eye. Filmmaker Sophie Deraspe’s thoroughly thrilling and markedly modern documentary exposes the fluid reality of cyber life. Filled with captivating questions about the unadulterated exhilaration of virtual love and cultural divides, this doc will give you a lot to talk about.

When Sandra, in Montreal, connects online with Amina, a young writer in Syria, a passionate relationship ignites. After Amina gains worldwide notoriety for her activist blog “A Gay Girl in Damascus,” their world turns upside-down. In the midst of 2011’s Arab Spring, Amina suddenly disappears, and Sandra begins a global search for the lover she’s never met. From here, the story twists and turns into far-out and unexpected places that prove truth is stranger than fiction. Deraspe’s entrancing documentary explores ever-evolving landscapes with the eye of a poet and the intellect of an investigative journalist. Fascinating archival footage, ethereal artistic interludes, and a hypnotic soundtrack are combined with intense interviews and mind-blowing revelations to create a multidimensional documentary experience. Part political parable, part complex love story, The Amina Profile is a profound and provocative exploration of the power and fragility of contemporary connections.

— Brendan Peterson

In English, French, Arabic with English subtitles.
AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D301

Co-presented by:
Lesbians Who Tech

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