Photo courtesy of Dallas International Film Festival
In The Amina Profile, there is no indication that a typical online flirtation between two strangers would turn into a case of shocking international intrigue. For months, Sandra in Montreal and Amina, a Syrian-American, bond romantically and intellectually. Encouraged by Sandra, Amina launches a blog called "A Gay Girl in Damascus," representing a marginalized voice in the Middle East on politics, religion, and sexuality. Rapidly garnering worldwide attention, Amina becomes something of a star blogger. But when Syria enters the Arab uprising of 2011, Sandra receives word that Amina has been kidnapped, and soon the search for Amina becomes a global concern and an even larger mystery to solve.
Filmmaker Sophie Deraspe creates a hypersexualized tableau and follows Sandra from Montreal to Istanbul to Tel Aviv to Chicago in order to reconstruct and unravel a fascinating love story-cum-political thriller. The Amina Profile is truly a tale of our times - one that starts and is solved via the Internet - and brings into question the ethics, accountability, and very human consequences surrounding it.