The (R)evolution of Arab Queer Cinema: Queer Representation in Film Pre- and Post-Arab Uprisings

Tarab NYC is proud to sponsor this event organized by Columbia Global Centers – Amman. This event is part of a year-long 10 event series celebrating the Columbia Global Centers’ 10th anniversary

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Challenging the rules that have governed the Arab region for decades, Arab queer filmmakers are adopting creative, non-conventional approaches to share their stories, building pathways between otherwise isolated minorities. In the wake of the Arab Spring, they have stepped forward to take part in a transnational dialogue on democracy, liberty and reform, hoping to shape the way towards equality and recognition of LGBTQ rights in the region.

This panel will engage five emerging LGBTQ filmmakers from the Arab world in a meaningful discussion on the role of Arab queer cinema in shaping and giving voice to the Arab LGBTQ community. Panelists will explore how emerging Arab queer cinema is engaging with the region’s turbulent socio-political arena, while drawing on their personal journeys, creative expressions, and motivations.

Panelists include Rolla Selbak, Sam Abbas, Cyrine Hammemi & Anthony Chidiac. Moderated by Samar Habib and introductary remarks by Safwan M. Masri.

Seating is limited and first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating; early arrival is suggested.

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