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Jawed El Berni,
OUT LOUD, a modern story of friendship and love in different ways among upcoming Lebanese generation facing social conflicts overcoming it and making their lives a better world. Young heroes face tragedies that forever will change their lives. Jason and Nathalie create new family of friends. Each becomes aware of personal struggles and overcomes it as inevitable outside threat remains. Out Loud, five young friends and a woman in Lebanon take a bold step towards revelation of mind and heart. Written by
It takes a brave man to make Lebanon's first gay-themed commercial feature.
Variety Review June 1, 2011 by Jay Weissberg: It takes a brave man to make Lebanon's first gay-themed commercial feature. "Out Loud," helmer Samer Daboul and his cast are to be commended for their conviction and the palpable camaraderie on screen. Daboul's script needs greater discipline, but the characters, consisting of six friends, gay and straight, wanting to forge a new fellowship, have a winsome appeal. Pic's strength comes from the way Daboul presents this alternate "menage" as a loving group unconstrained by sanctimonious conditioning; they're hardly the only six like this in Lebanon, but the point "Out Loud" makes is that the fanaticism of a vocal, closed-minded mob is stifling a new generation whose values aren't dictated from a bully pulpit. The gay story is part and parcel with the others, not overwhelming the narrative, although it remains a crucial element.
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