With love from Le(z)banon and Pa(lez)tine

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 16:00 to 18:30


Palestinian author and academic Samar Habib comes to Toronto for the first time to deliver a compendium of her various talks on Middle Eastern queer cinema. She has lectured on wide-ranging subjects that include Lesbian Representation in Arab Popular Culture and Some Like it Lukewarm: A Brief History of the Representation of Homosexuality in Egyptian Cinema. Inside Out is thrilled to be a part of Samar Habib's Toronto debut.

Samar Habib received her doctorate from the University of Sydney in Australia. Her book, Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: Histories and Representations, was published by Routledge in 2007. She is chief editor of the international academic periodical, Nebula. Her Islamic Texts on Female Homosexuality 850-1700 AD was published by Teneo Press in 2009. Her critical translation of the Lebanese novel, Ana Hiya Anti/I Am You, written by Elham Mansour, was published in 2008. Islam and Homosexuality, a two-volume collection of essays, edited and introduced by Habib, was published in 2009. Habib has also published a number of creative works that include the novel, A Tree Like Rain (Sydney: Nebula Press, 2005), and the chapbook, Islands in Space (Sydney: Nebula Press, 2008). At present, Habib is a visiting professor at San Francisco State University as well as an affiliated scholar at UC Berkeley where she researches gender and sexual minorities of the Middle East and North Africa.


*Film Program*

In the Ladies Lounge
This fairy tale-like story depicts a 1927 Lebanese photograph in which two women in a lounge are dressed in men's suits and fezes. The photograph now hangs in the lounge room of the two women in the Diaspora.

Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright
An iconic story of love, loss and longing unfolds through an intense exchange of thoughts between two persons. The film fluctuates between a dream, a script, and an exchange of love that everyone longs for.

Le(s)banese explores the lives of sexy, savvy lesbians and the ways that they negotiate their desires within Lebanon - a nation that has gone through decades of war.

Time of Breadth
In this video, El-Darsa negotiates queerness against the distance imposed on his family by war and national borders. The work is a mysterious, aural layering of the everyday and the personal.

Little Black Boot
In this early film written by Cherien Dabis, the Palestinian lesbian director of the 2009 film Amreeka, Cindy admires Laurie from afar until the night Laurie dresses as a boy for the prom. Will this Lesbianella find true love when she leaves behind her little black boot?

Tale of Existence
In a Tale of Existence, two Palestinian men share their experiences of being queer in Jerusalem. The organizational support provided by Al-Qaws is woven into the narrative.

Afternoon Tea
Remembering a recipe passed down from an aunt, women delight in an afternoon coffee together.

TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2
350 King Street West
M5V 3X5 Toronto , ON
43° 38' 47.0436" N, 79° 23' 26.3076" W
Ontario CA
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