How complicated can life get when you’re Muslim, your family is the mafia, you live in Tel Aviv, and your boyfriend is Jewish? Oh, did I mention also that you’re also gay?

This is not fiction; it is a true story. Oriented is a documentary which follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. Khader is a Tel Aviv “darling” from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend, David, a local LGBT nightlife impresario, and their Dalmatian, Otis, in Tel Aviv.

Oriented is a documentary which follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity during a time of crisis. Image credit: Golden Village

Oriented is a documentary which follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity during a time of crisis. Image credit: Golden Village

Be the first to catch this riveting documentary made by Cambridge graduate and fledgling filmmaker Jake Witzenfeld, who will share in a Skype conversation what inspired him to quit his job to work on his debut production. It’s a special event happening only tonight – the opening night of The 8th Love & Pride Film Festival at GV Grand, Great World City.

Until August 31, at Golden Village cinemas at Suntec City and Great World City will be screening films with homosexual themes, specially curated by the Singapore Film Society. This year, you can catch Closet Monster (Canada), From Afar (Venezuela) (scroll down for ticket giveaway!), The Summer of Sangaile (Lithuania), Thanatos, Drunk (Taiwan), and First Girl I Loved (United States).

Tickets for the opening night are priced at $23 for GV Movie Club (psst, sign up for free) and SFS members and $25 for the public. Each ticket purchased comes with one bottle of Hofbräu Original and light refreshments. Closing night tickets are priced at $15 for GV Movie Club and SFS members and $17 for the public.

Please note that all films are rated R21 due to their homosexual theme and content.

The 8th Love & Pride Film Festival Opening Night event details

When: Friday, August 19
Where: GV Grand, Great World City
Event schedule:
6.30 pm – 8 pm: Reception at the Garden Terrace with light refreshments to be served
8 pm – 9.40 pm: Screening of Oriented
9.40 pm: Skype conversation with Director Jake Witzenfeld

Price: $23 (GV Movie Club/SFS members) / $25 (Public), inclusive of 1 bottle of Hofbräu Original & light refreshments

Click here to book your ticket to opening night, and here to book your tickets to all the films which will be screened during this year’s Love & Pride Film Festival, happening only until August 31!

Giveaway

The Popping Post is giving away five pairs of tickets to From Afar, a Venezuelan film about a wealthy, middle-aged man who lures young men to his home with money.

From Afar is a turbulent story about the complex bond between two men who are worlds apart. Credit: Golden Village

From Afar is a turbulent story about the complex bond between two men who are worlds apart. Credit: Golden Village

To win, simply answer this question: Why do you think this film has been titled “From Afar”?

E-mail your answer to [email protected] with the subject header “From Afar ticket redemption”, including your name, I/C number and your mobile contact number. The film will be screened only on Friday, August 26, 9 pm, at GV Suntec City. Tickets must be collected between 8.15 pm to 9 pm from the duty manager. Contest closes on Aug 22, at 11.59 pm. 

You and your plus one must be above 21 years of age in order to qualify for the contest as this movie is rated R21 due to its homosexual theme and content. You will be asked to produce your identity card for age verification.

May the best answers win!