nazra: city of borders
This screening is part of our season Nazra: Queer Arab Lives On Film.
The screening at Fabrica Gallery will have closed captions (descriptive English subtitles) and the discussion will have British Sign Language interpretation.
City Of Borders
Director: Yun Suh | USA | 2009 | 66 minutes
In Arabic, Hebrew, and English with English subtitles and captions.
Shushan is a gay bar situated in the historic city of Jerusalem. In this fly-on-the-wall documentary, we follow a selection of the bar’s patrons: Sa’ar, a Jewish Israeli, is the first openly gay member of Jerusalem's City Council. Boody, a Palestinian man from Ramallah, regularly jumps the Israel-West Bank border to perform as a drag queen in Jerusalem. Samira, a Palestinian Israeli, and Ravit, a Jewish Israeli, got into a relationship after working in the same hospital. Adam is a Jewish settler living in the West Bank in a relationship with Amit, a Palestinian from the West Bank.
Yun’s documentary film paints a nuanced portrait of her subjects as they negotiate the complex borders of sexuality, race, nationality, and religion amidst the tumult of the Israeli occupation and Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Chic Point: Fashion For Israeli Checkpoints
Director: Sharif Waked | Palestine | 2003 | 7 minutes
No dialogue. Captions describing sound.
Palestinians crossing Israeli checkpoints are regularly forced to undergo humiliating levels of screening, including being made to show their abdomens to prove they are not wearing an explosive device. Chic Point reimagines the site of the checkpoint as a fashion runway, in which models showcase garments that ensure the abdomen is always on show. The result is a powerful piece of political filmmaking that asks us to consider the problematic erotics of these real-world encounters.
Plus a post-screening Q&A discussion with Samar Ziadat.
Samar is a co-founder at dardishi.com. She is also a committee member at Transmission Gallery and the Scottish Queer International Film Festival. She graduated with an MSc in Art History from the University of Edinburgh’s College of Art in 2016. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @samarziadat.
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This event has been made possible by the kind support of Fabrica Gallery and the BFI's Film Audience Network, with the support of The National Lottery.