Mark For Redaction Films
October 21 @ 7:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pmFree
October 21, 5pm
A screening of selected short films and videos
Followed by a conversation by Lily Hook
by Suzy Salamy
Suzy Salamy is a social worker and a filmmaker. She has an extensive history working in the television and film world, and has worked on several award winning documentaries about the Middle East
How can people reconcile a profound love for their culture with societal prohibitions that do not recognize the nuances of who they are? Can LGBTQ rights be divorced from politics or treated in isolation from other human rights? These are some of the questions that are explored in Outside/In, a short documentary. The film follows three Lebanese Queer activists who struggle to merge their personal and political beliefs through their activist efforts while maintaining their own identities.
2010 مونديال / Mondial 2010
Film by: Roy Dib
2014 / Lebanon / 19’20” / In Arabic with English Subtitles
Cast: Abed Kobeissy, Ziad Chakaroun
Sound Engineer: Fadi Tabbal and Stephane Reeves (Tunefork Recording Studios)
Mondial 2010 is a film on love and place. A Lebanese gay couple decides to take a road trip to Ramallah. The film is recorded with their camera as they chronicle their journey. The viewers are invited through the couple’s conversations into the universe of a fading city.
The relations between Israelis and Lebanese are governed by the 1943 Lebanese Criminal Code and the 1955 Lebanese Anti-Israeli Boycott Law, the former of which forbids any interaction with nationals of enemy states, and the latter of which specifies Israelis, making a trip for a Lebanese citizen to Israel (or Palestinian territories) impossible.
Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth
By Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Artist, Performer, Curator
This multimedia series comprised of textile work, performance and video attempt to create a future landscape of a fictitious queer rebellion. This revolution is seen through the eyes of a queer Muslim world intent on overthrowing the shackles of Western Imperialism. It seeks to challenge the shifting borders between terrorist and freedom fighter as seen and named by a dominant social structure.
October 28, 5pm
Screening of deseos / رغبة
Followed by discussion with co-writer Maya Mikdashi
2015, 30 minutes
by Carlos Motta
with Maya Mikdashi
The film Deseos / رغبات (Desires) exposes the ways in which medicine, law, religion, and cultural tradition shaped dominant discourses of the gendered and sexual body through the narration of two parallel stories. The first is that of Martina, who lived in Colombia during the late colonial period of the early 19th century. The second is the fictionalized life of Nour, who lived in Beirut during the late Ottoman Empire. Part documentary and part fiction, the film presents an imaginary correspondence between these women. Separated by geography, culture, and religion they both faced the consequences of defying sex and gender norms
The colonial court prosecuted Martina in 1803 for being a “hermaphrodite” after being accused by her female lover of having an “unnatural” body. Martina was tried in a court of law and ultimately set free after medical doctors appointed by the court were unable to find evidence of her lover’s accusation. This story is documented in the 1803 legal case found in the Archivo General de la Nación in Bogotá, Colombia.
Meanwhile in Beirut, Nour was married to her lover’s brother after Nour’s mother found them making love. Despite the fact that Nour’s story does not occur in a courtroom nor is it found in a legal case, notions of Islamic and late Ottoman laws, cultures, and histories condition her narrative.
November 3, 5pm
Selected works by Raed Rafei
Salam (20 min)
Here I am … Here you are (70 min)
November 3, 7pm
Tripoli Stonewall (work in progress)
followed by discussion with Raed Rafei
November 4, 4pm
74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle), 2012, 90 min
A political docu-fiction work about the occupation of AUB in 74 seen from the modern lens of current Arab uprisings.
Raed Rafei is a Lebanese filmmaker, writer and multimedia journalist. For over ten years, he was a reporter for national and international publications covering political, social and economic issues in the Middle East. He also worked as a researcher, producer and director on many TV news reports and documentaries for channels like Al-Jazeera, CNN and ARTE. Since 2011, Rafei has been making independent hybrid films. He made two feature films: 74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle) (2012) (co-directed with Rania Rafei), and Here I am … Here you are(2016); and two short films: Prologue (2011) and Salam (2017). His films have screened at international film festivals and received several prizes. Rafei is currently based in California where he is pursuing a PhD in Film and Digital Media at the University of California in Santa Cruz.