Spring Grants 2017
Current project status: COMPLETED
Amal, an angry teenager, comes of age in a post-revolution Egypt that is undergoing tremendous change. Filmed over five years, ‘Amal’ is an observational self-discovery journey that follows a young female from the age of 15 till the age of 20 while she is searching for her place, identity and sexuality in a male-dominated society. As she grows from childhood into adulthood, she realises how limited her choices are as a young female living in an Arab police state in a post-revolution era.
- Mohamed Siam
- Mohamed Siam
- Myriam Sassine
About the Director
Mohamed Siam is a director, producer and cinematographer who has received several international grants and prizes supporting his films, from funds including the Sundance Institute, the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Catapult Film Fund, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Cinereach, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and ITVS. His first film, ‘Whose Country?’ (2016) screened at the New York Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Hot Docs, among other festivals, and was distributed internationally. An alumnus of numerous prestigious film institutions, such as Sundance Labs, the IDFA Academy, La Fémis and La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde at the Festival de Cannes, Siam is also a Berlinale and Durban Talents alumnus. He is currently working on his second feature-length documentary, ‘Amal’, as well as his first feature-length narrative film, ‘Honey & Blood’.
Production Company Profile
Abbout Productions produces feature films and documentaries with a distinctly Arab voice, expressing the identity of the region. Since 1998, the company managed to bring together an important network of Arab and Lebanese filmmakers and artists and produced award-winning films. Abbout Productions has enabled emerging talents to work with leading industry figures, often collaborates with international partners and receives support from international institutions. It has established close working relationships with leading sales agents and film distributors in Europe and has a strong partnership with MC Distribution, a distribution company dedicated to distributing independent films in the Middle East and North Africa along with priority access to the sole art-house theatre in Lebanon, Metropolis Cinema. Abbout is one of the most ambitious production companies in the Middle East. Its main objective remains to help structure the Lebanese and Arab cinema craft into a solid industry.
Awards and Festival History
"IDFA 2017, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World, Opening Film (WP)
Goteborg FF 2018, New Voices
Visions du Reel 2018
Karlovy Vary IFF 2018, Another View
Thubingen Arab FF 2018
Mumbai FF 2018
Festival des Cinémas d'Afrique du Pays d'Apt 201
"Youth Jury Prize, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
Student award for FIRST FILM, CINEMED 2018
Golden Tanit for Best Documentary, Carthage FF 2018
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018"