THE AMINA PROFILE
(Sophie Deraspe, Canada/UK). 84 minutes. Rating: NNNN This taut doc begins with a hot online affair between Montrealer Sandra Bagaria and the mysterious Amina, author of the online blog Gay Girl In Damascus, which then blows up thanks to a story in the Guardian.
But Amina may not be a politically courageous activist. How that came to be discovered is fascinating, but what the story says about the degradation of journalism is even more important.
An edgy soundtrack and terrifying footage of the Syrian rebellion give the film a heightened tension that makes clear what’s really at stake.
The erotic content borders on cheesy, and a final encounter between Bagaria and the real Amina doesn’t deliver the punch it should. But this is still a great story told with panache. Apr 25, 7 pm, TIFF 1; Apr 27, 1 pm, Hart House