A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile

2015

A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile

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A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS: THE AMINA PROFILE explores the story of Amina Arraf, a Syrian- American revolutionary whose blog A Gay Girl in Damascus acquires a huge following as the Syrian uprising gains momentum. Sandra Bagaria, a smart, young Montreal professional, is involved in an online affair with her when Amina is allegedly abducted by the Syrian secret police-sparking an international movement to save her from torture, rape or even death. Playing out like a detective story, A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS: THE AMINA PROFILE involves American intelligence agencies, major global media outlets, and a host of activists and sympathizers. But what starts as a love story becomes a tale of deceit and betrayal enabled by the global internet and viral social media.

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  • The film tries too hard to sensationalize a real-life story that has already been sensationalized enough - the kind that's too strange for fiction - but in doing so undermines the narrative's own weirdness.

    August 21, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is reminiscent of Catfish in its essential circumstances of love and online deception, but it goes far deeper into how virtual lies cause tangible problems.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Even those who followed Amina's rise and fall in the ultimately chastened media will find Gay Girl a nifty piece of detective work.

    July 26, 2015 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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  • "The Amina Profile" is interested in every level of this complex emotionally-fraught story. This is not just the story of the "catfishing" of Sandra Bagaria. Everyone was catfished.

    July 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Sophie Deraspe's film is a compelling anatomy of an Internet hoax - one that grabbed headlines amid the revolutionary fervor of the Arab Spring.

    July 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Even knowing what I knew (or thought I knew) before seeing "A Gay Girl in Damascus," it's full of surprises.

    July 23, 2015 | Full Review…

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