The events in "The Amina Profile," playing in Sundance's World Documentary Competition, are not being revealed for the first time in Sophie Deraspe's film.
If you Google Amina Arraf and her A Gay Girl in Damascus blog, the arc of the story plays out on the first search page.
It was a widely reported story, but not universally reported, which makes for a complication in discussing "The Amina Profile." Do I discuss what the actual movie is, even if it means stripping aside some secrecy? Or do I play coy, pretend this documentary is like "The Sixth Sense" and I'd be violating its integrity by revealing too much while, thus, give it only half the intellectual consideration it probably deserves?
I'm going with the former approach, because while obfuscation is cute and fun, "The Amina Profile" is an interesting movie that probably will have a better chance at exposure if I say what it is than if I deny two-thirds of the movie and treat it as something it isn't.
In short, I don't think I'm "spoiling" "The Amina Profile" in this review, but I am going to discuss what the movie is, which I think is more respectful than pretending otherwise. But your results may vary.