Mohamed Siam is a director, producer and cinematographer who has received several international grants and prizes supporting his films, from funds including the Sundance Institute, the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Catapult Film Fund, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Cinereach, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and ITVS. His first film, ‘Whose Country?’ (2016) screened at the New York Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Hot Docs, among other festivals, and was distributed internationally. An alumnus of numerous prestigious film institutions, such as Sundance Labs, the IDFA Academy, La Fémis and La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde at the Festival de Cannes, Siam is also a Berlinale and Durban Talents alumnus. He is currently working on his second feature-length documentary, ‘Amal’, as well as his first feature-length narrative film, ‘Honey & Blood’.
Amal is 14 years old when she ends up on Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution, after the death of her boyfriend in the Port Said Stadium riot. During the protests, she is beaten by police and dragged across the square by her hair. This coming-of-age film follows her over the years after the revolution. As the film cuts between the unfolding current events and Amal’s rapidly changing life and appearance, we see her searching for her own identity in a country in transition. More