Egypt/Spain 2011, Documentary, 67’ | Director, Screenplay, DoP, Contact Amal Ramsis | Editor Octavio Iturbe | Sound Nacho R. Arenas | Music Mostafa Mohamed, Ahmed Younis | Production Morgana Productions

»When I began filming Forbidden, we still lived in a dictatorship in which almost all political rights and activities were banned. The police and the repressive state security apparatus controlled the entire country. The word ›Forbidden‹ was everywhere. Nevertheless there was quite a strong social and political movement, and this was precisely what I wanted to show in my film. Despite all the bans we are capable, in our own way, of breaking through barriers. For this reason I decided not to try and obtain permission for filming from the film censorship board, and in the documentation I declared this decision a rebellious act. What I didn’t know at the time was the fact that the revolution was going to set the final scene of my work, since it started on the very day that shooting was concluded. Because of this the statement and the direction of the film was radically altered. In the end it was possible to screen the film in Cairo without problem. At the same time it functions as a historical reminder of the last days before the Revolution, something I had not planned in this way.«
Amal Ramsis


AMAL RAMSIS is an Egyptian filmmaker. In 1993, she graduated form the Faculty of Law in Cairo, after which she worked as a lawyer for three years. In 1992, she participated in founding the Women’s Studies Centre, Maan (together), in Egypt. In 2002, she obtained a grant from the Spanish Foreign Ministry to study film directing at the Septima Ars Cinema School in Madrid, completing her studies in 2005. Starting 2002, she began to write articles in a number of magazines and newspapers including, the Spanish Journal of the Council of Solidarity with Arab Causes. In 2008 till the moment, she organizes the Caravan of Arab – Iberoamerican Women Film in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Cairo and financed by the Spanish Foreign Ministry. At the same time, she is leading the program’s women’s workshop series known as »Correspondences Between Women«. In 2009, the Arab European Foundation of Granada selected her for its annual grant for arts and literature. Throughout her career in cinema, Ramsis directed a number of short films and documentaries.


Filme von Amal Ramsis (Auswahl)
Life 2008 | Just Dreams 2005 | Plató 2005 | Silence 2005 | Beirut Is on the Seaside 2002

Amal Ramsis
Egypt, Spain
Fokus: The Arab World