Mohamed Siam & Ruth Vandewalle                           

The Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Siam and the Belgian Middle East expert Ruth Vandewalle discuss the aftermath of the Arab revolution. Eight years after the outburst of the Arab Spring and the turmoil on Tahrir Square in Cairo, BOZAR considers it vital to screen Siams documentaryAmal, named after the 14-year-old girl who was beaten by the police during the protests. The coming-of-age documentary follows Amal over the years after the revolution and her search for an identity in a country in transition. The screening will be immediately followed by the discussion, moderated by Brigitte Herremans. The event takes place in the framework of festival “L’heure d’hiver: Cairo”.

Entry is free upon presentation of the ticket for the screening.

Mohamed Siam is an independent Egyptian documentary and fiction filmmaker. He has received several international grants in support of his projects and has been awarded by the Arab Documentary Film Program. Siam has also been accepted into FAMU, the acclaimed Czech film school. He is the founder and artistic director of Artkhana, an established art space in Alexandria that caters to filmmakers’ technical and training needs. Siam is also the vice president of Arterial Network for arts and culture in the African continent.

Ruth Vandewalle is a Belgian documentary maker and researcher. She finished her master’s degree Middle East Studies and Arabic in Cairo, where she is based since 2009, and started working as a news producer during the Arab Uprisings in 2011. Since then, she has covered the news from all over the Middle East, producing numerous reportages for different European media.



BOZAR – Salle M

Entry is free upon presentation of the ticket for the Amal’s screening.