Two MENA films at Sheffield Doc/Fest: Amal & Room for a Man

We are excited to announce that two films developed in our MENA Program are screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest this year:

After opening IDFA 2017, Amal by Mohamed Siam (MENA Program 2014) will have its UK premiere in Sheffield. The screenings take place as follows:

Screening 1 with Skype Q&A: Fri 8 June @ 09.15 | Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4

Screening 2: Sun 10 June @ 16.45 | Curzon Cinema 1

In Amal, Egyptian director Mohamed Siam follows an Egyptian teenager during the Egyptian revolution, when she is fourteen years until, and during its long aftermath with resonates until today. Panning through 6 years, we see how the fierce and undaunted girl searches for her identity in a country in transition. But, as a young woman among men, she has to fight to survive and to find her own place in the streets and in all other areas of life.


Room for a Man by Anthony Chidiac (MENA Program 2013) is running in the New/Lebanon Strand of Sheffield Doc/Fest.

In this film, young gay Lebanese filmmaker Anthony Chidiac explores identity and family history, first through discussions with the Syrian builders refurbishing the Beirut apartment he shares with his mother; then by travelling to Argentina with his formerly estranged father. Favouring artful, static camerawork and a yearning voiceover, this hypnotic personal essay meditates on masculinity, sexuality and a lifelong quest for acceptance.

Screening 1: Thu 7 June @ 14:30 | Showroom Cinema 1
Screening 2: Sat 9 June @ 09:00 | Curzon Cinema 1