ORIENTED, A NEW DOC FILM EXPLORING THE LIVES OF GAY PALESTINIANS FROM TEL AVIV- JAFFA, ANNOUNCES DUTCH PREMIERE AT INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM (IDFA), NOVEMBER 19, 23, 26, 27, & 29
Tel Aviv – November 16, 2015: Oriented, a new feature documentary chronicling the lives of gay Palestinians living in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, has announced its Dutch premiere at the upcoming International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in Amsterdam, November 19, 23, 26, 27 and 29. The film’s director Jake Witzenfeld will be in attendance for Q&A sessions following the November 19th & 23rd screenings.
The full calendar of Oriented screenings at IDFA can be viewed in full here.
Followed by multiple screenings and described as a “refreshingly candid and revelatory documentary” by Dazed & Confused magazine and “a uniquely Middle Eastern spin on a classic coming-of-age tale” by Variety magazine, 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 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.
Oriented is the debut film by British film director and producer Jake Witzenfeld, who spent the past three years living in Tel Aviv filming the everyday lives, conversations and realities of the characters in the film, taking him beyond Tel Aviv-Jaffa to Amman and Berlin too.
The film rights for Oriented are being represented by CONCH Studios who produced the film and will be in New York meeting with prospective buyers and distributors. The North American rights are being represented by PICTURED, a new NY-based distribution company. All other international rights remain available.
Oriented launched with its world premiere at the Sheffield Doc Festival (UK) and its international premiere at the LA Film Festival (US) in June. Since, the film has opened in London, Lisbon, Greece, Australia, and at DOK Leipzig in Germany and is set to play at the upcoming International Queer & Migrants Film Festival (NL). The film is set to hit independent theaters in the US in June 2016.
To view the official trailer for Oriented, click here. To view the full list of Oriented screenings at IDFA, click here. To host a screening of Oriented in a festival, theater or community space near you, contact [email protected] For more information about Oriented, visit www.orientedfilm.com.