Directors: Mohamed Siam

  • COUNTRY : Egypt, Lebanon, Germany


Amal is 14 years old when she ends up on Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution, after the death of her boyfriend in the Port Said Stadium riot. During the protests, she is beaten by police and dragged across the square by her hair. This coming-of-age documentary follows her over the course of the four years after the revolution. As the film cuts between the unfolding current events and Amal's rapidly changing life and appearance, we see her searching for her own identity in a post-revolutionary police state that remains a male-dominated society. Fiery and fearless, Amal sinks her teeth into the protests while constantly lecturing her mother, who works as a judge. A girl among men, she has to fight for respect and the right to take part, both on the street and in the rest of her life & in Egypt, the choices and opportunities available to women are still very limited, even for a strident young woman like Amal. Amal & which means 'hope' & is a powerful expression of the chaos that is still reigning in Egypt, where people try to fulfil their potential despite the authoritarian regime and political upheavals.

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