In the best of times, committed relationships across geographic and political boundaries are daunting and hard to make them lasting. Israel-born director Michael Mayer has made a daring gay love story, "Out in the Dark," involving a Palestinian Birzeit University psych student, Nimr (played by Nicholas Jacob), and attorney Roy (played by noted Israeli actor Michael Aloni). The film is screening at Outfest Los Angeles 2013.
|Michael Aloni (left) and Nicholas Jacob (right) in scene from"Out in the Dark"|
When the state apparatus begins active surveillance of Nimr - who is not out to his family back in Ramallah on the West Bank - his lover Roy, with his underground and above ground connections, helps figure out a way out of this tense situation.
|Michael Mayer at Outfest. Photo copyright Daniel C. Tsang 2013|
Mayer is to be applauded for making a film where a gay Palestinian is realistically portrayed. His film points to the contradictions in a state which proclaims its liberalness on gay issues, but ignores its continued repression of the Palestinians oppressed by the Occupation it imposes on them.
The film screens at Outfest tonight and next Sunday at the Directors Guild of America -- July 14 at 7:00pm at DGA 1, and July 21, 2:45pm at DGA 2.
For the entire lineup, see the Outfest LA program guide. See also ticket information. - Daniel C. Tsang.