|Producers||Myriam Sassine, Mohamed Siam|
Amal is a feisty teenager growing up in post-revolution Egypt while they’re both undergoing a tremendous change. Within a constant political turmoil, Amal searches for her place, identity, and sexuality in a patriarchal society. Amal, whose name literally translates to “hope”, is embarking on a 6-year compelling journey from childhood to adulthood. Along the way, she realizes her limited options as a woman living in an Arab police state.
About The Team
Mohamad Siam (Director) is a documentary and fiction film director and a cinematographer who has received several international grants and prizes in support of his films, including from Sundance Institute, World Cinema Fund, CNC, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Sorfond, Vision Sud Est, Doha Film Institute, IDFA Bertha Fund, Catapult Film Fund, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, OIF, Cinereach, Arab Fund for Arts & Culture and Screen Institute Beirut. His films were shown at international film festivals such as KVIFF, NYFF, Hot Docs, Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage and IDFA. Whose Country was sold by Wide House in France, distributed by Kino Lorber, snf broadcast by ITVS in the US, among other channels. Amal was IDFA’s Opening Film in 2017. Siam’s cinematography can be seen in The Trials of The Spring (dir. Gini Reticker, producer Abigail Disney – Fork Films) which Siam line produced as well, and The Path (dir. Senain Kheshgi) – both films were co-produced with ITVS.
Siam is an alumnus of many prestigious film institutions such as Sundance Labs, IDFA Academy, Doc Campus, La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes Film Festival. He is a Berlinale, Durban and Beirut Talent Campus alum as well. At Berlinale Campus Editing Studio, he worked with renowned Danish editor Molly Marlene Stensgaard (Dancer in the Dark, Melancholia). Siam has won the Robert Bosch Film Prize, the AfriDocs Prize at Durban FilmMart, and the Thessaloniki Docs-In-Progress award. Siam is the 2016 recipient of The MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the 2017 Global Media Makers Fellowship, and the Mellon Foundation Fellowship. He’s a reader and member of film committees and commissions for documentary and fiction film funds in the Arab region, and a lecturer at The New School and Brooklyn College in NYC, at at universities in Beirut, Paris and Egypt.
Amal is a Cinereach grantee.