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New Interview with Yariv Mozer

Yariv Mozer for websiteA Wider Bridge is sponsoring a few screenings of The Invisible Men, the highly acclaimed documentary of director Yariv Mozer  in San Fransisco on March 23, as a part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and also at the Sebastopol Film Festival in West Sonoma County, Saturday, March 23 at 11:15 / Sunday, March 24 at 1:15. The screenings will be followed by Q&A and discussion with director Yariv Mozer

The programmers of Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival have just announced that they have chosen The Invisible Men to receive  SDFF Programmers Award for Feature Documentary. The award will be presented on Opening Night, Thursday, March 21.

At the start of The Invisible Men, which is being shown at the One World festival of human rights documentaries in Prague, a gay Palestinian named Louie describes how his father – on discovering his sexual orientation– brutally attacked him, slashing his face open with a knife. Louie has moved to Israel where he is relatively safe (and even wears a Star of David to blend in), but he faces great uncertainty every day. Prior to a screening, the film’s Israeli director Yariv Mozer outlined the predicament of such “invisible men”.

“They need to run away and the only place that they can run to is Israel. But in Israel they are illegals, so they need to hide. Therefore they don’t really have people to address. They’re afraid of everyone. It’s like an underground community of gay Palestinians who live in Israel.”

At the beginning of the film there are a couple of titles, including one saying that if these men are returned to the Palestinian territories, which they have to be under Israeli law, they will face “certain death”.I’m sure the environment they would face would be hostile, but would they really face “certain death”?

“Well, during the years we know of several cases of people that vanished, of people who we have no trace of any more. After they came to Tel Aviv they talked, they told their story. Then they had to move back home and we lost track of them. So death is something that could happen. It’s not a fantasy – it could happen.”

What’s shocking is that the threat can come from members of their own families.

“Yes, because in traditional societies – in religious societies, as we know, all over the world, not only in the Muslim world, it’s not unique to Palestinian society – it’s a big sin to be homosexual. It harms the respect of the family.

“Then the family needs to react, and to protect the honour of the family, of the father of the family. And they’re doing so in very violent ways.”

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