2018 Greenhouse Film Series

Apr. 22–26, 2018



Mr. Gay Syria

Ayse Toprak & Ekin Çalışır, Turkey, 2017

Set in Istanbul and Berlin, Mr. Gay Syria follows two Syrian gay refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives after having been forced to leave their country. Husein is a 24-year-old barber in Istanbul. He is married with a kid and lives a double life - one as a father in the outskirts of Istanbul, the other as a gay man in the city center. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement. He lives in Berlin as a refugee and works part time at an NGO, helping recent arrivals with their paperwork. What brings them together is a crazy dream: To join the international beauty contest, Mr. Gay World. For Husein, this is a way to first come to terms with his identity, then make his family understand. For Mahmoud, this is THE place to launch a campaign for visibility for Syrian gay refugees.


Stronger than a Bullet

Maryam Ebrahimi, Iran, 2017

Saeid Sadeghi photogrphed the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). Many of his photos were used to create war propaganda for martyrdom. Today he views himself as being responsible for sending thousands of boys to their graves.
Devoted to the Iranian Revolution, Saeid Sadeghi documented the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) from the eye of the event.
His dream was to be a martyr. Many of his photos were misused to create war propaganda for martyrdom.
Today he views himself as being responsible for sending thousands of boys to their graves.


In her Footsteps

Rana Abu Fraiha, Israel, 2017

In the dead of night, my parents left the house my father had built in the Bedouin village, Tal-a-Sabeh, and moved, perhaps "fled," to Omer, a Jewish town, very bourgeois, located only 5 km away. For 10 years of dealing with breast cancer, my mother's only wish was to be buried in Omer. The town never dealt with this issue, of where to bury its Muslim residents.

The film documents an entire family torn between fulfilling the mother's last wish and social codes that cannot be ignored. During the process of separation from the mother, the film reveals the family intimacy, secrets and dilemmas, raises serious questions about women's identity, nationality and the meaning of home.


Braving the Waves
Mina Keshavarz, Iran, Norway & Lebanon, 2017

This is the story of Roghieh, a woman in Southern Iran who is trying to secure jobs for women in her community through a Bazaar she established and runs, where over 800 women work, but a local politician, the mayor, threatens her. He wants to destroy the bazar and build a big shopping mall.


Brothers of Silence
Taylan Mintas, Turkey, 2017

Toso and Çao, are two successful and popular brothers, married to strong women, father to healthy children and grandchildren and live a fairly ‘ordinarily’ life despite the fact that they are both deaf. 'Brothers of Silence' follows these two ‘extra-ordinary’ men as they work and struggle to live and survive like all ‘normal’ men in rural Turkey.