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.

Jury statement

For its freshness, intimacy and dynamic approach showing the power of a marginalized young woman in Egyptian society today and the openess of the director to the sudden turns history and private lives can take, the prize goes to Amal.

World Premiere

2017 at IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World

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