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Spring Grants 2017

Mohamed Siam / Feature Documentary / Egypt, Lebanon, France, Germany, Denmark, Qatar / 2017 / 80 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Creative Documentary


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
Production Company
Abbout Productions
Production Company
Abbout Productions

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’.

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"


  • Main Contact

    Myriam Sassine

    Abbout Productions

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