Les Films du 3 mars presents
The Amina Profile
A film by Sophie Deraspe
Opens in Toronto – August 21
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 506 Bloor St. W
Director Sophie Deraspe will be in Toronto for the Saturday August 22 Screening for a Q+A
Official Selection of Sundance Film Festival 2015
Official Selection of Hot Docs 2015
“A cautionary true story about online romance, gay rights and Middle Eastern politics, The Amina Profile is both topical and compelling.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“… engrossing documentary…” – Variety
“… a cyber-thriller of sorts…” – HitFix
“Unfolds like a spy thriller.” – Toronto Star
Les Films du 3 Mars and esperamos production are thrilled to announce that the much-anticipated documentary The Amina Profile will open at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Friday August 21. Director Sophie Deraspe will be in attendance on the Saturday August 22, for a post screening Q&A.
Sophie is available for interviews in advance by phone, skype or email, or in person August 22.
Amina Arraf, an attractive Syrian-American revolutionary, is having an online affair with Sandra Bagaria, a young and brilliant Montreal professional. Amina then launches her provocatively named blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog acquires a huge following. But it’s Amina’s subsequent abduction, allegedly by the Syrian secret police—that sparks an international movement to save her. Playing out like a detective story, The Amina Profile involves American intelligence agencies, top-tier global media and a host of activists and sympathizers.
Director Sophie Deraspe and subject Sandra Bagaria are close friends, which allowed her to witness the relationship from the very beginning. Once the hoax was revealed, Deraspe suggested documenting it on film to Bagaria.
“When I suggested we could travel around the world and meet with all the key people involved in the story, she was eager to share the burden and the pain, to understand more and to find closure, even if at that time we didn’t know how far all this would lead us,” said Deraspe. “One thing that I am sure of is that Sandra didn’t want to appear to be a victim. She wanted to take control back, in a way. And she entrusted me to go beyond the sensational story to which her name will be attached for as long as the Internet exists.”
The Amina Profile is co-produced by esperamos (Groupe Fair-Play) and the NFB with the financial participation of Quebec: Film and Television Tax Credit, Telefilm Canada, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Shaw Media – Hot Docs Completion Fund, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
About Sophie Deraspe
Sophie Deraspe fell into cinema through visual arts and literature. As both a director and a cinematographer, she worked mostly in documentary before directing her realism-bending first feature length film Missing Victor Pellerin (2006). With much critical acclaim and screenings around the world, Sophie’s realistic work continued with her second feature, Vital Signs (2009) which premiered in Rotterdam and was honoured with a total of 15 prizes the world over. Sophie has completed her third feature film The Wolves.
About Les Films du 3 mars
Les Films du 3 mars is supported by more than a hundred members of the film industry as well as by the following institutions: Canada Council for the Arts; Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Conseil des arts de Montréal; Telefilm Canada; Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC).
Official Website: www.leprofilamina.com