A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile


Director: Sophie Deraspe
Country: Canada
Year: 2014
Runtime: 84 minutes
Language: English, French and Arabic with English subtitles

Montrealer Sandra Bagaria is having an erotic and intellectual online romance with Amina Arraf, a Syrian-American woman living in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising was being violently repressed, Arraf 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 Arraf is abducted and Bagaria starts a campaign to free her, no one – not even the U.S. State Department – can find a trace of her. A modern love story shape shifts into an international thriller as journalists and activists hunt for the real Arraf 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. A true masterpiece of hybrid documentary cinema. – Hot Docs

Principal Cast: Nilay Olçay, Sandra Bagaria
Writer: Sophie Deraspe
Producer: Isabelle Couture, Nathalie Cloutier
Editor: Geoffrey Boulangé, Sophie Deraspe
Music: Sam Shalabi