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A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 July 2015 (USA)
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When well-known Syrian blogger Amina Arraf - purportedly kidnapped by local authorities during the Arab Spring - was revealed to be an elaborate hoax persona, an entire international community realized it had been catfished.

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Sophie Deraspe

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Sophie Deraspe
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When well-known Syrian blogger Amina Arraf - purportedly kidnapped by local authorities during the Arab Spring - was revealed to be an elaborate hoax persona, an entire international community realized it had been catfished. But the betrayal cut deepest for Canadian activist Sandra Bagaria, who had been involved in an online relationship with Amina. Playing out like a detective story, A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS reconstructs this astounding tale of global deceit from Sandra's perspective. As she crosses the globe in search of answers, questioning journalists, activists, and intelligence agencies, she prepares for a face-to-face confrontation with Amina's true creator. Written by SundanceNow Doc Club

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English | French | Arabic

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A movie unsure of where it was headed.
28 July 2015 | by lchurch-73981See all my reviews

I generally like watching offbeat slightly self-interested art pieces. This however was an endeavor to push myself to actually finish watching. The beginning story premise was interesting and the social topic was relevant and historical. Then it decided to veer into a direction that I would best describe as kinetic. It flipped from a narrative view to actual newscasts of the events. The entire tone of the piece changes and it left me wondering. Was the filmmaker really intending to make a documentary or did they really want to make it more into a docudrama. The elements are there to make this into a blockbuster movie given the right treatment. You have an exotic local, a highly charged political climate, social relevance, romance and a great plot hook. But as it stands now I couldn't recommend this movie.


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