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Bloor Cinema Release: The Amina Profile

August 21, 2015

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

The Amina Profile PosterAfter picking up the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs earlier this year, the real life mystery The Amina Profile opens at the Bloor Cinema today, tickets and showtimes can be found right here.

When Montrealer Sandra Bagaria started an online relationship with Amina Arraf, the author of the popular blog A Gay Girl in Damascus, charting the dangers of being openly gay amidst political turmoil in Syria, she unwittingly became involved in a media sensation after news came out that Amina had been kidnapped.

Director Sophie Deraspe recounts the full story through interviews and reenactments in this intriguing documentary, revealing all the pieces of the ensuing investigation that quickly proved everything was not as it seemed.

Without giving too much away, The Amina Profile is an interesting look at the real life ramifications behind internet lies, that often unfolds like a mystery and engagingly explores how fiction can overshadow and change our perception of actual events.

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