Amal, a film by Yasmine Ghorayeb

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A movie exploring a day in the life of a woman in her struggle to fight domestic violence
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Campaign successfully funded on: 04 Oct,2014

This project has been successfully funded with $17,000 (106%)

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"Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity" - Khalil Gebran


The Story of Amal

'Amal' tells the story of an attractive young woman who wants to escape from the violent grips of her abusing and insanely possessive husband, but it turns out that her freedom carries a very high price. 


Best Screenplay Award

The screenplay was developed at the Cinephilia Productions Screenwriting Lab for Shorts in 2013, where it was awarded the Best Screenplay Award by a Jury selection committee in New York, representing Beirut. This Award is offered to the screenplay that shows most originality and creativity, to support and develop new daring voices in film-making from the MENA region. The movie is going to be produced and distributed by Cinephilia Productions. 


Why Amal?

My intention behind this story was to depict the alarming reality of domestic violence that occurred in Lebanon, and to raise awareness about this based on the collection of true stories and testimonials. Following the absurd serial murders of a few victims, I was constantly haunted by their respective stories and deaths. There are thousands of cases of abuse around us every day, but no one knows about them. 

Most importantly, present laws do not sufficiently protect these women from gender-based violence as well as marital rape. And I think this is a shame. Through this film, I want to highlight the vicious cycle of silence and victimization that these women are trapped in. Also, this movie aims to advocate the empowerment of womankind, encourage them to stand up for themselves, in order to become leaders and masters of their own destinies. 

Cinema being one of the most powerful weapons of expression, and an influential export of ideas and messages, I decided to bring these stories to life through moving images. 

This movie is made as a tribute to all these women, young or old, battered or raped, physically beaten up or psychologically humiliated and - hopefully, will contribute to making a change.


How will the fund be distributed?

. Production: Crew & cast fees, equipment rental fees, art department & catering.

. Post-production: editing, sound design, sound mixing, music, coloring & packaging.


My previous film Saudade

Watch the trailer of my award winning short film 'Saudade', premiered at Cannes, selected in 20 film festivals worldwide and recipient of 7 international Awards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7g34zZC-xE

Selected for worldwide distribution by Cinemoz - the premium Video on Demand platform to and from the Arab world. 


The Impact

Visual storytelling is one of the most stimulating tools to make an impact, to move people intensely and to make a change in this world.

This silence and imprisonment is mainly provoked by the will to protect the image of their family, the archaic norms and traditions of our society, the backward civil code, the absence of a coherent protective law. Still, these women should also be aware that there is room for hope, and that is what this movie is about. Indeed, they need to revolt against a painful reality manifested in the oppression of a patriarchal society, buried in the maze of taboos and traditions. 



Other Ways You Can Help

Do you believe in the idea of the project and would like to support it? Even if you can't contribute, you can still help by sharing it and spreading the word about the film - and beyond that the cause of these women. This would already be of a great support and means a lot to me. 

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Yasmine Ghorayeb has always loved cinema, a passion that was transmitted by her father at a very young age. She holds a Master's degree in Pharmacology from McGill University, but her thirst to create was increasingly exacerbated when she got…

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  Rewards

$25 or more
→    THE ADVOCATE

190 Available

Digital copy of the film (after the festival run) plus a Shout out on social media
$50 or more
→    THE BOOSTER

137 Available

Everything in 'The Advocate' PLUS signed digital still from the film plus a thank you in the ending credit scroll
$100 or more
→    THE SPOKESPERSON

88 Available

Everything in 'The Spokesperson' PLUS Digital link to watch director's previous film 'Saudade' plus Digital copy of original sound track plus signed digital copy of poster
$250 or more
→    THE WOMEN'S LIBBER

38 Available

Everything in 'The Spokesperson' PLUS Send the director 3 questions by email and expect an honest response + Digital Copy of the screenplay
$500 or more
→    THE HEARTWARMING DONOR

15 Available

Everything in 'The Spokesperson' PLUS A prop from the set chosen by the director accompanied by a written message dedicated to you
$1000 or more
→    THE FEMINIST SPIRIT

10 Available

Everything in 'The Spokesperson' PLUS Invitation to attend a rehearsal in the presence of actors and director in Beirut + 30 minutes Skype conversation with director and producer + Invitation to attend the test screening in Beirut
$2500 or more
→    THE GENEROUS ACTIVIST

5 Available

Invitation for dinner with the director in Beirut + 2 Invitations to the film festival premiere (flight and accommodation not covered) + 2 Invitations to wrap party in Beirut + Invitation to test screening in Beirut plus Thank you on IMDB + A free photography course with the very talented Lebanese Photographer Emile Issa
$5000 or more
→    THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

3 Available

Associate producer credit (on IMDB, ending film credit and poster) + Our eternal gratitude + Invitation to the set during production + 2 Invitations to the film festival premiere (flight and accommodation not covered) + 2 Invitations to wrap party in Beirut + Invitation to test screening in Beirut
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