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Day #2: Personal narratives from Middle East in Emotional Landscapes

Queer Porto 1 proposes two short film programs and the first, entitled Emotional Landscapes, is screened in this festival’s second day, at mala voadora, at 7.30pm. This program is composed by four short films. Personal narratives which are often related to love, but have as much of intimate as they have of intensity and unsettledness, are told against a backdrop of Middle Eastern landscapes that compose the cities of Beirut, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Istanbul.

Part of Queer Lisboa 15, Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright (2010) by Akram Zaatari simulates an online dialogue between two former lovers which we witness through a type writer paper.

Roy Dib’s Mondial 2010 (2014) is directed with a hand-held camera in an amateur style. What may seem at first sight a documentary is actually a smart fiction and construction of a plot which is not possible in the real World: the travel of two Lebanese citizens to Ramallah in the Palestinian Territories.

A look at the journey that Mirna Bamieh used to make on regular basis, from 2011 to 2013, between Ramallah, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Story of I and Other Suggestive Landscapes explores the physical and mental passages folded through geography, history, politics and the power relations in those three cities.

Concentrating on James Baldwin's extended stays in Istanbul in the 60’s and 70’s, Off-White Tulips explores the limits of an autobiography mostly relying on found materials such as Sedat Pakay's photography.