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Amal

Amal

Amal

Dir. Jawad Rhalib
111 min

Teaching today is like sitting on a powder keg, you never know when it might explode. That is true for Amal (Lubna Azabal), a popular Brussels high school literature instructor who tries to inculcate a love of reading and freedom of expression as well as a sense of cohesion amongst her diverse class. She’s a Muslim, as are the majority of her students. But some of them come from a fundamentalist background and are intolerant of different points of view or sexualities. When a young woman in the class is persecuted for being gay, Amal hopes that she can open the hearts and the minds of her students by introducing them to the work of Abu Nuwas, a famous Muslim writer and poet from the 8th Century who wrote overtly homoerotic literature. But her initiative is met with outrage from some of the parents and things escalate from there. –Alissa Simon

Content advisory: bullying

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 111 min
Country/Region: Belgium, France
Language: French, Arabic
Print Source: Bendita Film Sales
Tags: Drama, Francophone, LGBTQIA+, Religion

Cast/Crew

Director: Jawad Rhalib
Producer: Geneviève Lemal
Cinematographer: Lisa Willame
Screenwriter: Jawad Rhalib
Editor: Nicolas Rumpl
Principal Cast: Lubna Azabal, Fabrizio Rongione, Kenza Benbouchta, Catherine Salée

Showtimes

The Main 4

Wednesday, April 24th

The Main 4

Thursday, April 25th