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City of Borders (2009)

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Interviews with the owners and diverse patrons of a Jerusalem gay bar called "Shushan."



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In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence and prejudice: a gay bar called Shushan. CITY OF BORDERS goes inside this vibrant underground sanctuary on the East/West border of the Holy City, where people of opposing nationalities, religions and sexual orientations create a community among people typically viewed as each other's "enemy." The documentary follows the daily lives of the five Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they navigate the minefield of politics, religion and discrimination to live and love openly. In observing the lives of the bar regulars, CITY OF BORDERS explores the bond forged when people from warring worlds embrace what everyone shares in common - the right to be accepted and belong - rather than be defined, or limited by the differences that tear them apart. Written by Yun Suh

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Love and Consequences at Jerusalem's Only Gay Bar





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OASIS IN A DESERT (may contain spoilers)
8 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS I saw this film and thought it was fresh and original. While if it was about heterosexual people in Isreal and Palestine it would have seemed typical romeo and Juliet stuff, this film took it to the next level. it was funny, romantic, sad.

there was a feeling of constant dread that i felt throughout. Expecting some extremist to come out of nowhere and attack. I felt I was part of that community. I was always interested.

My sincere congrats to the filmmakers. I would say that my only complaint is it has too many endings-like 5 of 6 places it should have ended and would have been completely satisfying. i thought it was me at first but i asked other viewers who thought the same thing. almost as if they were trying for feature length. It would have made a stunning 40 minute short documentary. at 66 mins it's slightly padded, but does not take away from the investment the viewer has made

very very well done.

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