Oriented

  • Jake Witzenfeld
  • England, Israel
  • 2015
  • 80 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Panorama
Artboard Copy 2 Created with Sketch. Share
Three gay Palestinian friends in Tel Aviv investigate their national and sexual identity. Khader, the scion of a prominent Muslim Mafia family, lives with his Jewish boyfriend David and their dog Otis. Fadi is a Palestinian nationalist who struggles with the idea of ??falling in love with a Jew. Naeem only recently came out and still has to tell his parents – a situation that causes him a great deal of stress. The three young men feel connected to each other by being different: as gays in Arab families and as Palestinians in Israeli territory. Tel Aviv may be a very tolerant city, but not for everyone. At a party in Amman, Jordan, they realize that all the more. “Amman is our gateway to the Arab world. There we can meet people who we cannot meet in any other circumstances. This place shows me what could have been if Palestine existed.” The video platform that they start together provides an outlet: “We are Palestine, we are here and we are queer.” Meanwhile, tensions between Israel and the Palestinians rise, and news bulletins and air-raid sirens are the harbingers of a new war.

Credits

  • 80 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Hebrew, Arabic, English
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Jake Witzenfeld
Production
Ruth Cats, Jake Witzenfeld for Conch Studios, Yoav Birenfeld for Conch Studios
Cinematography
David Stragmeister, Michael Miroshnik, Omar Sawalha
Editing
Nili Feller
Screenplay
Jake Witzenfeld
Created with Sketch. Show all credits

Share this film

Artboard Copy 2 Created with Sketch. Share

IDFA history