THE AMINA PRO­FILE

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(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

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