Directed by Jake Witzenfeld
Israel / 2015 / 81mins / DC Premiere
ORIENTED follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014. Khader is a Tel Aviv darling from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend, David, a local LGBT nightlife impresario, and their Dalmatian in Tel Aviv. Khader is conflicted by his desire for change in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Fadi is an ardent Palestinian nationalist confronted by guilt-ridden Jewish love, and Naeem must confront his family with the truth about his sexuality. Meanwhile, a war is brewing.
Determined to make a change, these three best friends form a non-violent, cultural resistance group (“Qambuta”) making viral content for gender and national equality. While their work may not change the world, it certainly helps them deal with the frustration of living with multi-faceted identities.
Pre-screening reception presented by Whole Foods (complimentary food/cash bar).
Post-screening panel discussion presented in partnership with DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival:
Moderator: Huda Asfour, DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival
Ayari Marie Aguayo, human rights activist and development practitioner
Khader Abu-Seif, subject of Oriented
Fady Khoury, human rights attorney