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Oriented (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 June 2016 (USA)
A feature documentary that follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014.

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Credited cast:
Khader Abu Seif Khader Abu Seif ... Abu Seif, Khader
Fadi Daeem Fadi Daeem ... Daeem, Fadi
Naeem Jiryes Naeem Jiryes ... Jiryes, Naeem
David Pearl David Pearl ... Pearl, David
Nagham Yacoub Nagham Yacoub ... Yacoub, Nagham
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Oriented follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends as they confront their national and sexual identities in modern Tel Aviv, Israel. There's Khader, a nightlife "darling" who lives with his Jewish boyfriend David and their dalmation Otis; Fadi, an ardent Palestinian nationalist who finds himself falling in love with an Israeli soldier; Naeem, who must gather the courage to come out to his conservative family from a small northern village. Determined to change their reality, the three friends form a non-violent, cultural resistance group called "Qambuta" (Cauliflower) to advocate for sexual and national equality. Meanwhile, a war is brewing...

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Israel | UK

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Arabic | Hebrew | English

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21 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Conch Studios See more »
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1.78 : 1
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No story, no drama
27 August 2017 | by Ersbel OraphSee all my reviews

Everything starts out well. Three guys. They identify as gay. They identify as Palestinians. And they say they have Israeli ID cards. They are middle class. But at no time it is revealed what they do. Because the videos that they film are quite far apart and they seem as a play between friends and not jobs.

Than we see that only one is fully accepted by his own family, and the others cry a bit, but for the viewer there is not much to relate to the scene unless the viewer is living a similar case.

The guys are political. But there are only hints that they do have anything to worry about. Not only that, but they are reluctant to move away from that awful place when given the opportunity. So should I care about the drama queens? Anyway, by half time the novelty is exhausted and the talks, although personal, become the same dilemmas rehashed. By two thirds into the movie I was waiting for the ending. Which does not bring anything. It's like the end of footage, not the end of a documentary.

Disappointing.

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