A Wider Bridge hosted a discussion with Yariv Mozer, director of “The Invisible Men,” which screened at Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival in June 2012 and won its jury award for Outstanding Documentary. The film is a compelling documentary about the lives of Palestinian gay men hiding in Tel Aviv. Yariv Mozer, a prominent Israeli independent filmmaker, discussed the film and shared clips and outtakes.
“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.
“The Invisible Men” won the Jury Award for Outstanding Film at the 2012 Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.
Click here for a trailer of “The Invisible Men.”
Yariv Mozer has directed or produced numerous films that have shown worldwide, including the award winning “My First War.” Currently, he is working on his first feature film “Snails in the Rain.” Mozer is a Board Member of the Israeli Film Producers Guild. In 2009, Mozer was selected as 1 of 1000 of Tel Aviv’s most influential culture people by Time Out Tel Aviv. Mozer is former head of Entrepreneur Production Studies at the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, former Supervising Producer of acclaimed Israeli production company “Alma Films,” and also served as director of the 10th Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (2004).
Read “Very different Palestinian asylum-seekers” by Renee Ghert-Zand in The Times of Israel for more on the film and its making.
Co-sponsored by Keshet, Nehirim, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav,
and the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation