The Amina Profile
Directed bySophie Deraspe
Produced byIsabelle Couture
Nathalie Cloutier
Written bySophie Deraspe
StarringSandra Bagaria
Music bySam Shalabi
CinematographySophie Deraspe
Edited byGeoffrey Boulangé
Sophie Deraspe
Distributed byNational Film Board
Release date
  • 24 January 2015 (2015-01-24) (Sundance)
  • 24 July 2015 (2015-07-24)
Running time
84 minutes

The Amina Profile (French: Le profil Amina) is a Canadian documentary film directed by Sophie Deraspe and coproduced by Esperamos and the National Film Board of Canada, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema category. It was pitched at Sheffield Doc/Fest's MeetMarket in 2014. The film was retitled A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile by its U.S. distributor IFC for the theatrical release and for subsequent film festival screenings.


The film centres on Sandra Bagaria, a Montreal woman who was in an online relationship with star blogger Amina Abdallah Arraf al Omari. Bagaria became involved in the international attempt to rescue Arraf after her purported abduction by the Syrian regime.[1][2]


Under its French title, Le profil Amina, the film was named Best Documentary:Society at the 2016 Prix Gémeaux, honouring the best in francophone Canadian television.[3]

The film received Canadian Screen Award nominations for Best Feature Length Documentary and Best Editing in a Documentary at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards.

See also


  1. ^ "'Gay Girl In Damascus:' A Personal Friend Sifts Through What's Real". NPR, June 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (25 January 2015). "Sundance Film Review: 'The Amina Profile'". Variety. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  3. ^ Lemieux, Marc-André. "Les pays d'en haut au sommet". Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 2016-09-26.