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This is a time to celebrate people of all sexual orientations and genders. Here at AFF, we are of course celebrating by watching movies. People are often surprised to learn that queer Arab films and filmmakers openly exist, but they most certainly do and this misconception makes it all the more important that we acknowledge and celebrate them. This list is updated annually! Shamim Sharif. This romance story, which is originally based on a book by the same name, follows Tala, a London-based Palestinian woman who is planning an elaborate wedding back in the Middle East.
She meets Leyla, a British Indian woman who is dating her best friend. They are complete opposites but they find themselves totally attracted to each other, regardless. Despite the clear attraction, Tala cannot accept the implications of choosing to stay with Leyla so she flees back to Jordan.
Leyla is insistent that she wants to continue to be with Tala, despite the objections from her very traditional family. All My Life dir. Maher Sabry. For Rami, all is well in the world, just as long as he keeps to himself. He is 26, living in Cairo, working as an ant, studying dancing and dating a man named Waleed.
But when Waleed suddenly dumps him to marry a woman, Rami must face the reality of life as a gay man in Egypt. All of this comes at a time of a major crackdown on gay men and the notorious Queen Boat arrests of Rami finds himself spiraling downward before finally hitting rock bottom. Watch the trailer. The String dir. Mehdi Ben Attia. This film tells the story of Malik, a tall, quiet year old Parisian architect who moves home to Tunisia after his father passes away.
Back at home with his overbearing mother, he finds himself pressured to stay in Tunisia and get married. The combination of being back in his hometown, this pressure from his mother and his homosexuality causes him to have frequent panic attacks. He finds calm only when he meets Balil, a handsome handyman.
This film is a powerful and bittersweet tale of friendship and love in Lebanon, a nation that has been plagued by civil war for decades and where nontraditional relationships and ideas are reacted to with violence and hatred. Jason, an innocent young Lebanese man, befriends five free spirited young wanderers, who, like himself, are lost between traditional morals and their new generation beliefs in what is truly right. Their taboo alliances and out-loud statements result in tragedy and heartache, but in the end their commitment to one another and to a life of tolerance and equality allow them to persevere with the hope of creating a world in which bigotry and discrimination are a thing of the past.
Out Loud is the first film from Lebanon with a gay theme that sets a new standard for cinema Blk man for new years arab amateur womens fun the Middle East in the midst of the Arab Spring. Film still from My Brother the Devil. My Brother the Devil dir. Sally El Hosaini. In this drama from Sally El Hosaini, two teenage brothers named Mo and Rashid AKA Rashwho are of Egyptian descent and live with their parents in Hackney, find themselves tangled up in the dark world of drugs and gangs.
Rash is a low level drug dealer who uses his earnings to pay for small luxuries for them while fiercely protecting his younger brother. But Mo wants to be like Rash and follows in his footsteps into a world that is far from glamorous. As their situation quickly goes from bad to worse, Rash dreams of finding his way out of the gang. He and Sayyid begin to get close and strike up an intimate relationship that makes Mo jealous and angry and pushes Mo deeper into gang life while pushing the brothers further and further apart.
Salvation Army dir. Abdellah, a young gay man, is trying to find his way through the difficult sexual, political and racial climate of Morocco. He eventually decides to move away to Geneva for college and though he finds new found freedoms in Switzerland, he must come to terms with the loss of his homeland. Salma, a DJ and bartender faces a difficult moment as she comes out as gay to her traditional Christian family. Nur is a college student who observes Islamic tradition and moves in with Lalia and Salma to be close to the university.
All three women must learn how to accept themselves in the face of mounting pressure from their loved ones to conform. The Beach House is a film about four people from an Arab generation roaming over the ruins of ideologies, causes and virtues of their predecessors.
It portrays their intellectual and emotional nonchalance about what is happening around them in their daily lives and relationships. The Beach House is available to rent on Amazon Prime. Beirut is a city where any person can experience loss at any moment. Walid lost his hope for love. He died in the sea. Antoine was about to lose his own life. Omar a photographer lost his male lover in an explosion. He casts the three and invites them to his studio, and together they express stories of sex, love and trauma in the city of Beirut. Visitor after visitor, chapter after chapter, Omar loses control and provokes danger.
Chronic is available on DVD from mec film. The life and death journey that the young man takes on the last day of his life exposes the schisms of the city and the fault lines dividing its society, and reveals some of the forces pushing the lives of those marginalized young men.
In Islamic tradition, drowning is considered grounds for Martyrdom. What does that word really mean? Is it an effort to console a bereaved family and preclude its grief? Is it an empty attempt by a marginalized group to evoke heroism and mythology in order to compensate in death for what they never achieved in life?
Rami, a young Muslim man, is preparing for his wedding with Sara while fulfilling a queer sexuality in secret due to a strict religious and cultural upbringing. You can about it at The Hollywood Reporter. Waseem is a Syrian gay-for-pay hustler seeking refuge in Cologne. For him the rules are very clear — No kissing.
No passive penetration. Their relationship is rooted in a constant flux between dominance and longing for closeness which unfolds amidst a playful power struggle revealing their inability to hide their fears and longings from one another and their failure to keep up their carefully constructed facades. Label Me is available to stream on Dekkoo and Amazon Prime. Film still from Breaking Fast Set against the twinkling lights of West Hollywood, Breaking Fast is a romantic comedy that follows Mo, a practicing Muslim still reeling from heartbreak.
When an All-American guy named Kal offers to him in his nightly Iftars — the traditional meal eaten by Muslims during Ramadan — meal after meal, the two start to discover they have more in common than meets the eye. This film is based on a short film by the same name. Make sure you check out our interview with Mike Mosallam as well our recent conversation with the cast and crew of Breaking Fast on YouTube!
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A documentary by Peter Barbosa and Garrett Lenoir, I Exist gives a voice to gay and lesbian Americans from the Middle East, who often remain silent out of shame and fear. This film interviews a of young people and their families and allows them to share their experiences combating the negative stereotypes that revolve around both their sexuality and ethnicity. A Jihad for Love dir. Parvez Sharma. Filmed in 12 countries and 9 languages, this documentary, directed by gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma, tells the colorful and varied stories of gay and lesbian Muslims from all over the world.
You can watch the trailer here. Film still from I Am Gay and Muslim. I Am Gay and Muslim dir. Chris Belloni. This intimate documentary follows a of young Moroccan gay men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. The men portrayed in the film openly share their personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have openly acknowledged their sexual orientation.
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