A film by Jake Witzenfeld
2015, 80 minutes
No. 030


An exceptional and inspirational documentary, Oriented follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv.

Khader is a Tel Aviv "darling" from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend David. Fadi is an ardent Palestinian nationalist who finds himself falling in love with an Israeli "zionist." Naim must confront his family with the truth about his sexuality. All three are conflicted by their desire for change in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Meanwhile, a war is brewing...

Determined to "change their reality," the three best friends form a group called "Qambuta", a non-violent, cultural resistance movement fighting for gender and national equality. Through their activism, they address what it means to grow up with the burden of a multi-faceted identity.

Official Selection, NewFest LGBT Film Festival
Official Selection, IDFA, Intl Documentary Festival Amsterdam
Official Selection, Sheffield Doc/Fest
Official Selection, Other Israel Film Festival
Official Selection, Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival
Official Selection, Los Angeles Film Festival
Official Selection, DOK Leipzig
Official Selection, Arab Film Festival

"The first film about gay Palestinians that is blissfully free of cliches. An important, insightful and moving film.” - 972 Magazine

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