nazra: room for a man
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.
Room For A Man
Director: Anthony Chidiac | Lebanon/USA | 2017 | 77 minutes
In Arabic, French, and Spanish with English subtitles and captions. Certificate PG.
A young Lebanese filmmaker who shares a Beirut apartment with his mother and pet dog sets about reconstructing his identity by renovating his bedroom. But as the Syrian construction workers come and go in the freshly embattled household, new questions, old arguments and unexpected passions get stirred. A woman’s voice speaks the words the man cannot and what emerges is a heartbreaking portrait of an abused life, marked by a desire to flee but with nowhere to go.
Anya Kneez: A Queen In Beirut
Director: Mohamad Abdouni | Lebanon | 2017 | 11 minutes
In Arabic with English subtitles and captions.
In 2012 drag queen Anya Kneez left Brooklyn, where she had called home for fourteen years, to return to her home of Beirut, Lebanon. In this frank and nuanced portrait, Anya discusses the decision to move from the US to the Middle East. While challenging homonationalist assumptions of an “easier life” in the US, Anya also explores the difficulties of working as a drag queen in conservative Lebanon.
Plus a post-screening Skype discussion with Mathew Gagné.
Mathew is completing a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. His dissertation explores gay sex in the digital age among queer men in Beirut, to explore how new media has impacted intimacy and socio-political life in Beirut.
We have a limited amount of tickets available for free for those who cannot afford the regular ticket price. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve these.
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.