Director: Yariv Mozer
Language: Hebrew, Arabic
“The Invisible Men” portrays the untold story of persecuted gay Palestinians who have run away from their families and are now hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Louie, 32 years old, has been hiding in Tel Aviv for the past 8 years. Abdu, 24, was exposed as gay in Ramallah and then accused of espionage and tortured by Palestinian security forces; Faris, 23 years old, escaped to Tel Aviv from the West Bank after his family tried to kill him. Their only chance for survival — to seek asylum outside Israel and Palestine and leave their homelands behind forever. These men are the heroes of the film. The movie describes the challenges and hardships they face, the painful choices that confront them, and the courageous Israelis who work to help them. The movie shines a critical light on Israeli policies that need to be changed.
Best Documentary – Washington’s Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (2012)
Programmers Award for Feature Documentary – Sebasttopol Film Festival (2013)
Best Director – Washington’s Reel Independent Film Extravaganza.(2012)
Outstanding Documentary Feature Award – Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (2012)
Special Selection – San Diego Film Festival 2012
Special Jury Award – Doc Aviv 2012
Gay Palestinian finds asylum in Norway (The Times of Israel / December 8, 2014)
Israeli Conflict, Homosexuality at SA Fest (IOL / November 4, 2013)
Doc reveals dilemma of gay Palestinians (Winnipeg Free Press / July 5, 2013)
Not wanted in the Levant (Xtra! / April 10, 2013)
Plight of Gay Palestinians Hiding Out in Israel Subject of New Film ‘The Invisible Men’ (Radio Prague, March 7 2013)
‘The Invisible Men:’ San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Screening (A Wider Bridge, March 6, 2013)
A Wider Bridge sponsors ‘The Invisible Men screenings at the Sebastopol Film Festival in West Sonoma County (A Wider Bridge, March 6, 2013)
Unveiling ‘Invisible’ Gay Palestinians (The Times of Israel, November 9, 2012)
‘The Invisible Men’ New York Screenings This Weekend (A Wider Bridge, November 9, 2012)
‘The Other Film Festival’ Hits NYC (A Wider Bridge, October 29, 2012)
Yariv Mozer Picks Up 2 Awards at RIFE (A Wider Bridge, October 22, 2012)
Interview with Yariv Mozer (A Wider Bridge, October 17, 2012)
Very different Palestinian asylum-seekers by Renee Ghert-Zand in The Times of Israel for more on the film and its making.
A Wider Bridge hosted a discussion with Yariv Mozer in San Francisco two nights before his film showed at Frameline, San Francisco’s LGBT Film Festival.
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