26th Arab Film Festival

Shorts: Queer Lens

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AFMI’s annual Queer Lens program celebrates the multi-dimensional formations of Arab queerness in stories that so urgently need to be told, especially in today’s polarized media climate that leaves issues of visibility lost in the haze, or, worse: cast in a one-size-fits-all “Western Queer Narrative” that ignores the many complexities and nuances faced by LGBTQ+ persons in the Arab World and beyond. 

This year’s program theme is Diaspora & Displacement and features 5 award-winning short films that highlight the experiences of Queer Arabs around the globe. The characters in these stories all find themselves at the intersection of their identities. Some must reconcile the reality of their sexuality with a family who loves but does not understand, others work towards a life lived authentically in a society that does not accept them and a few explore leaving a place that is not safe even though it means letting go of those they care about. In this collection, audiences will find stories that may be unique in their details but are deeply relatable at their core and despite the difficulties, celebrate honesty and love.

Join us after the screening for Arab + Queer + Film: between here and there a conversation with four of the filmmakers in the Queer Lens program.

After being estranged from his family for his homosexuality, we observe a young Arab man over four seasons and from far away as he navigates his solitude - all the while attempting to reconnect with his mother. 

Festivals & Awards:

Slamdance 2021

Future of Film Showcase 2021

Gala Prends ça Court!, 2021

Reeling The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, 2021

Rabat International Author Film Festival 2021

About the filmmaker:

Aziz Zoromba is a Canadian-Egyptian director and producer. His work, documentary and fiction, mainly explore themes of cultural identity, family life, coming of age and the repercussions of being a second generation Canadian. His short films Leila (2017), Amal (2018) & Faraway (2020) have screened internationally at dozens of festivals. He is a recipient of the 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellowship from the Sundance Institute. Aziz also produced the short documentary No Crying at the Dinner Table (2019), selected at over 75 Festivals around the world and winner of over 15 awards, including the Grand Prize for Best Short Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival, qualifying the film for an Academy Award. 

  • Year
  • Runtime
    18 minutes
  • Language
    French, English, Arabic
  • Country
  • Director
    Aziz Zoromba
  • Producer
    Aziz Zoromba, Carol Nguyen
  • Cast
    Omar Al Shakra
  • Cinematographer
    Max Machado
  • Editor
    Ashley Gilmour, Aziz Zoromba
  • Sound Design
    Sacha Ratcliffe