Amira: How fury over bloodline ruined a Palestinian family

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Al-Araby

Mohamed Diab’s new feature, Amira, is a story of hatred, and it shows how this can destroy a family in the blink of an eye. The film, a co-production between Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia presented in the Orizzonti strand of this year’s Venice Film Festival (1-11 September), is set in an unspecified Palestinian town and follows the vicissitudes of the titular 17-year-old Palestinian girl (portrayed by newcomer Tara Abboud, the most talented member of this cast). Soon, we learn that Amira was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her imprisoned father, a political opponent…

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