Event: “City of Borders” in Cleveland

City of Borders is a film following the intertwined lives of a group of queer people living on the Israel/Palestine border. It will screen during the Cleveland International Film Festival Friday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 28, at 7:40 p.m. The film will have English, Hebrew and Arabic subtitles.

Co-sponsored by TransOhio, discounts are available for TransOhio friends, family and allies.

If you don’t live in Cleveland, e-mail TransOhio@gmail.com for carpool arrangements to see City of Borders.

For more information, full film schedule and times, visit the Cleveland Film Festival Web site.

City of Borders full plot summary

They are Israeli. They are Palestinian. They are gay. They are lesbian. And they come to the Shushan Pub in Jerusalem to discuss love, politics and religion. This documentary follows the daily lives of pub owner Sa’ar Netanel and four young people, Israeli and Palestinian, whose interwoven personal stories show the intricacies and challenges of living a gay lifestyle in the Middle East, within a very complex cit of borders.

Shushan, says pub owner Netanel, is the one place in the city where they can be themselves. Netanel opened the pub in 2003, the same year he was elected to the city council as its first openly gay member. Adam, a former Israeli soldier, who was stabbed by an Orthodox Jew while marching in a gay pride parade, proudly shows off his scar. Reva, a Jewish doctor, wants a baby while her Palestinian lover Samira, a nurse, does not. Their relationship breaks two taboos: same sex relations and relations between Arabs and Jews. And there is Boody, a devout muslim Palestinian who performs as a drag queen. When his life is threatened, he unwillingly leaves Jerusalem for the United States where he eventually settles in the Cleveland area.

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