Tarab NYC is excited to be hosting THREE contemporary queer films at the 2nd annual Arab Cinema Week presented by MoviePigs, from November 17th to 23rd, at Cinema Village. Tarab NYC members – check your email for a special discount code for $5 off all films! (Opening Night Excluded)
Director: Selim Mourad
Selim Mourad is a young man who still lives with his parents in a traditional family house in Beirut. He has no siblings and he likes men, which is no good news to his family which will therefore end with him. As the new wave of reconstruction finally reaches them, Selim and his parents find themselves obliged to move houses to allow the demolition of the building in which both Selim and his father Antoine were born. It’s an occasion for the son to face his family with his truth and take his father on a quest inside their mysterious family tree hoping to find a lost relative who could maybe continue the lineage.
We discover the mysterious side of Amina boui (former Femen) and her daily life. Her friends of the LGBT community, who live at her home, have been rejected by their families and the society. Through out Amina, we dive into their stories: Sandra (transvestite), Ramy (gay) , Ayoub (gay) , Atef (gay and transvestite). Many unexpected events keep coming and caught live… Tarab NYC Board Member Hilal Khalil hosts a discussion following the screening.
Only Men Go to the Grave on Wednesday Nov 22 @ 8:30pm (UAE)
Director: Abdulla Al Kaabi
After the Iraq-Iran war ended in 1988, a blind mother welcomes her estranged daughters to tell them a secret. Unfortunately, she accidentally dies while sharing it. During the funeral, the daughters try to deal with their mother’s sudden death and also work together to unveil her secret by looking for clues from visitors. Throughout the funeral, their own lives continue to unravel, giving room for buried family tensions to gradually surface, while struggling to deal with their own secrets and deep-rooted guilt. The daughters start to question everything about their mother’s life after a peculiar encounter…