This compelling documentary reveals the spell-binding, true story of the blogger, Amina Abdallah Arraf al Omari, a Syrian-American lesbian. Amina’s blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus, grabbed international headlines in 2011 as Amina began reporting on frontline events from the uprising in Syria. When she went missing shortly after gaining recognition, her situation only became more bizarre.
The international community, from Syrian activists to the U.S. State department rallied together to locate Amina but in investigating her blog and the facts around her life and stories, a shocking truth became evident. Through intimate accounts from Sandra Bagaria, a French-Canadian woman in a relationship with Amina, we are taken on a journey that explores love, accountability and ethics in the information age.
A crowd favourite at the Sundance Film Festival 2015, the twists and turns this documentary takes as it unveils the complicated truth behind A Gay Girl in Damascus will keep you guessing from the very start. It is a masterful piece of cinematic work that well deserves its continued critical applause.
"The film works in a dreamlike fashion, opening with erotic texts between Amina and Sandra, all as two women in silhouette disrobe slowly, facing one another. Deraspe takes a non-literal approach to the material and it works beautifully…" - RogerEbert.com
"This engrossing Canadian documentary weaves a cautionary tale for the Information Age." - Variety