2018 MENFF

Showcase of GH Films & Work in Progress, followed by a discussion and Q&A

The GH Program in MENFF included screenings of  'Mr. Gay Syria' directed by Ayse Toprak and produced by Ekin Çalışır from Turkey; 'Stronger than a Bullet' by Maryam Ebrahimi from Iran; 'Life Sometimes' by Cem Hakverdi from Turkey; and the Work in Progress 'Kabul Dystopian Symphony' by Aboozar Amini from Afghanistan, followed by a conversation with him and GH's Director Sigal Yehuda.


Kabul Dystopian Symphony

Aboozar Amini, Afghanistan, WIP

A city is an orchestration of its inhabitants. The film portraits the city Kabul through daily details of two kids and a bus driver, set against the background of a city destroyed by politic and religious powers.


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.


Life Sometimes

Cem Hakverdi, Turkey, 2017

City life is tough. City dwellers all around the world dream of escaping to the country. Istanbul's Merve and Haluk do more than just dream. We follow them for two years as they experience many surprises as they transition from city to country life. While they are leaving the country for their dreams, they leave astern what they have and as a viewer, we observe the chaotic city and their ideal world which they produce for themselves.


Stronger than a Bullet

Maryam Ebrahami, 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.