Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival, is coming up from April 23 to May 3 in Toronto. Over 200 documentaries will be screened, and Gender Focus is pleased to have two tickets to give away to the April 25 screening of The Amina Profile.
In The Amina Profile, directed by Sophie Deraspe, 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 US State Department—can find a trace of her. A modern love story shapeshifts 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 and shots of an imaginary Arraf walking the streets of Damascus.
To enter to win two tickets to The Amina Profile, screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 (maximum two entries per person):
I will randomly select a winner next Wednesday, April 15. Good luck!