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.

Mohammad is a crane operator working in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. Away from everyone’s eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance 2022 - Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2022

SXSW 2022 Film Festival

International Film Festival Rotterdam

About the filmmaker:

Dania Bdeir is a Lebanese award-winning writer & director. She’s a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, has a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut and an MFA in directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received a full scholarship in her third year. In 2019, Dania was selected as a Berlinale

Talent and participated in its Short Film Station with Warsha,a co-production between Inter Spinas Films (France), GoGoGo Films (France) and Né à Beyrouth Films (Lebanon).

Dania is currently based in Dubai and is de-

veloping her first feature film Pigeon Wars which was selected for the 2018-2019 Torino Film Lab x DFI Hezaya Screenwriting lab, the 2021 Cine Qua Non Storylines lab and the 2021 Nostos Screenwriting Retreat.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    16 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    France, Lebanon
  • Director
    Dania Bdeir
  • Screenwriter
    Dania Bdeir
  • Producer
    Coralie Dias
  • Co-Producer
    Pierre Sarraf
  • Cast
  • Cinematographer
    Shadi Chaaban
  • Production Design
    Perrine Villemur, Rita Chaghoury
  • Composer
    Hello Psychaleppo
  • Sound Design
    Régis Diebold, Mathieu Z’Graggen