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.

Festivals & Awards

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 – Youth Jury Award

Carthage Film Festival 2018 – Tanit d’or

Young About Film Festival 2018 – Best documentary award

BBC Arabic Film Festival 2019 – Best Feature Documentary


Brigitta Portier & Gary Walsh - Alibi Communication

Mohamed Siam’s agile, instinctive cinematography captures the churning tumult of the protests


Mohamed Siam’s intelligent, immediate doc charts a young woman’s coming of age against the turbulent backdrop of recent Egyptian politics


Original title: Amal

Production: Abbout Productions - Artkhana

Nationality: Lebanon - Egypt

Year of production: 2017

Running time: 83

Language: Arabic


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