Out in the Dark

OUT-IN-THE-DARK-PosterDirectors: Michael Mayer
Year: 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew / Arabic
Runtime: 96 min
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Taking great risks, a handsome young Palestinian named Nimr sneaks out of his home in Ramallah one night, climbs over a fence, and dodges police just to go to a gay bar in Tel Aviv. There, he meets a dreamy lawyer named Roy and the two hit it off. Nimr, studying for his masters degree in psychology, has a partial student visa for Israel and hopes eventually to continue at a university in the U.S., but his more radical older brother Nabil wants him to break all ties with “the enemy” country. Roy has it a bit easier, able to be out to friends and family and not gazed on with suspicion by others. Together, they try to build a relationship, but the hazards of where they live and where they are from threaten their happiness.

As outside forces impinge—a friend of Nimr’s is beaten and Roy’s parents aren’t particularly welcoming of their son’s new boyfriend—Out in the Dark dramatically conveys the difficulties of a cross-cultural love affair when the cultures are virtually at war with each other. When Nimr’s family finds out about Roy, the tension ratchets even higher, and the lovers must consider desperate measures in order to stay together.



Do you actually want to help me? (Stanford Daily / April 20, 2014)
UK Jewish Film Festival Reviews (So So Gay / November 13, 2013)
Love Stories From Tel Aviv to Bosnia in Naples Film Festival (ANSAmed / October 1, 2013)
‘Out in the Dark’ Director Brings Palestinian-Israeli Affair to Light (Los Angeles Times / September 26, 2013)
Out in the Dark stars to Attend Coral Gabels Art Cinema Reception (Miami Herald / September 25, 2013)
Out in the Dark: An Affecting Israeli-Palestinian Romance (Miami New Times / September 26, 2013)
Thriller Brings Gay Romance, Mideast Intrigue into Focus (Jewish Journal / September 18, 2013)
Out in the Dark to Be Released on DVD (ATV Today / September 5, 2013)
Love and Conflict (Gay News Network / August 9, 2013)
Gay Love & Political Crossfire In Michael Mayer’s “Out In The Dark” (The Blacklot / July 25, 2013)
Michael Mayer Made a Film About a Gay Interfaith Relationship in Israel and Palestine (Vice / July 22, 2013)
Out in the Dark (Cinema) (Big Gay Picture Show / July 5, 2013)
Out in the Dark – Limited UK Release (The List / July 4, 2013)
Israeli feature wins First Feature Award at Frameline International LGBT Film Festival (A Wider Bridge / July 1, 2013)
Q&A: “Out In The Dark” with writer/director Michael Mayer (SDGLN / May 14, 2013)
New film seeks to show that love conquers all, even the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Ha’aretz / March 8, 2013)
“Out in the Dark:” New Movie Preview (A Wider Bridge / February 7, 2013)
Toronto Review (The Hollywood Reporter / September 19, 2012)
U.K.’s Network Releasing nabs ‘Out in the Dark’ (Variety / August 30, 2012)

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