26th Arab Film Festival

Panel: Arab + Queer + Film: Between here and there.

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How does queerness as a lens engage with everyday precarity in the Middle East? How does queerness make sense of the alienating experience of displacement in the West? This panel thinks about the richness and diversity of queer film production in the Arab region and its diasporas. It discusses queer films as spaces of reflection and contestation, and as frameworks for alternative world-making.


Panelists include filmmakers Sarah Kaskas, Naures Sager, Karina Dandashi and Dania Bdeir, whose films are all part of this year's Queer Lens shorts program.


This discussion is moderated by Raed Rafei, filmmaker and PhD candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Watch the Queer Lens short films in-person or online.