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Le profil Amina

Directed by Sophie Deraspe
Canada, 2015 (documentary, 86 minutes, colour, French)
Also known as "The Amina Profile"
Le profil Amina
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Amina Arraf, a pretty Syrian-American revolutionary who's having an online affair with Montrealer Sandra Bagaria, launches the provocatively named blog A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog attracts a huge following. But it's Amina's subsequent abduction that sparks an international outcry to free her. Telling a detective story that involves various intelligence agencies and top-tier global media, the film travels from San Francisco and Washington to Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Beirut to meet the key players in this quest to reveal the real Amina. This thoroughly modern tale of technology, love and news-as-spectacle questions the ways in which people connect in today's virtual world. The Amina Profile is part love story, part international thriller, and a gripping chronicle of an unprecedented media and sociological hoax."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Sophie Deraspe
Produced by: Isabelle Couture, Nathalie Cloutier, Jean-Philippe Massicotte, Hugo Latulippe, Michel St-Cyr, Guy Villeneuve, Colette Loumède
Principal Cast: Nilay Olçay
Participants: Sandra Bagaria, Ali Abunimah, Fady Atallah, Andy Carvin, Nathalie Claude, Benjamin J. Doherty, Liz Henry, Irem Köker, Thomas J. MacMaster, Elsa Miquel, Rami Nakhla, Leila Nahas, Danny O'Brien, Elizabeth Tsurkov, Ahmed Danny Ramadan
Cinematography: Sophie Deraspe
Film Editing: Geoffrey Boulangé, Sophie Deraspe
Music: Sam Shalabi
Production Company: Esperamos Films, Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada
(sources)

Quote about Le profil Amina

"Filmmaker Sophie Desraspe creates a hypersexualized tableau and follows Sandra [Bagaria] from Montreal to Istanbul to Tel Aviv to Chicago to reconstruct and unravel a fascinating love story-cum-political thriller. [The Amina Profile] is truly a tale of our times—one that starts and is solved via the Internet—and brings into question the ethics, accountability, and very human consequences surrounding it."
-- Kim Yutani (source)

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