"Challenged by their sexuality, outcast by their nationality"
"A uniquely Middle Eastern spin on a classic coming-of-age tale" – Variety
A documentary based film, Oriented follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014.
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.
Understanding that their work may not change the world, it does enable these three friends to process the frustration of living with multi-faceted identities in a region where a single identity can be complicated enough.
About The Actors
Khader Abu Seif is a Tel Aviv “It Boy” and provocateur from a prominent Muslim mafia family from Tel Aviv’s neighbouring Arab suburb of Jaffa. An aspiring journalist and producer, he lived for many years in the heart of Tel Aviv with his 'Jew-ish' boyfriend David and their Dalmatian, Otis. Today he has returned to Jaffa and is an outspoken activist for Palestinian culture in Tel-Aviv.
Fadi Daeem left his Christian community in a northern Israeli town to pursue his dream of becoming a nurse. He feels that his new freedom is marred by the guilt of his nation’s tragedy. Fadi's passionate nationalism is challenged when he falls in love with an American Jew fighting in the Israeli Defense Forces. Today, Fadi has transcended his inhibitions and is living with his long-term Jewish boyfriend, Nadav.
Naeem Jiryes describes himself as a Palestinian, vegetarian, and feminist. Like Fadi, Naeem comes from a Christian family in northern Israel. His time in Yafo inspired him to confront his family’s expectations and be honest with his loved ones about his sexual identity. Today, Naeem is busy about town living the life of a hedonistic 20something and enjoying his new found personal liberation.
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