Queer Arab Film Festival: 'I Exist' (2003)

13 August, 2014
4.00pm - 7.00pm (depending on film length)

I Exist Peter Barbosa & Garrett Lenoir (2003) 60 min.
I Exist is a ground-breaking documentary that brings the narratives of queer Middle-Eastern individuals in the US to the screen. Exploring the negative stereotypes surrounding homosexuality in the context of conservative cultural practices and religious beliefs, the film’s interviewees share their experience of living a non-normative sexual orientation in a hostile social context. Barbosa and Lenoir canvas queer voices in Muslim, Christian and Jewish environments within the Armenian, Syrian, Iranian, Egyptian, Lebanese and Sudanese diasporas of the US. Film introduced by and Q/A with Dr Samar Habib (SOAS, London).

Samar Habib is an Associate Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her published works include Female Homosexuality in the Middle East (Routledge, 2007), Arabo-Islamic Texts on Female Homosexuality (Teneo, 2008) and Islam and Homosexuality (Praeger, 2010), among others.

All films in the Queer Arab Film Festival are in English or subtitled. Free Event - All Welcome. For a full list of films in the series download a copy of the program.

Queer Arab Film Festival is presented by the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies and the project A Continuing Spring: Arab and Australian Views on Social Justice, Equal Economic Development and Cultures of Freedom. The project A Continuing Spring is sponsored by the Council for Australian Arab Relations (CAAR).


Location: Room N395, John Woolley Building

Contact:Professor Sahar Amer
Email:sahar.amer@sydney.edu.au