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Apricot Groves

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In his first feature film Iranian/Armenian writer/director Pouria Heidary Oureh places his story in his two home countries which are very rarely the settings for any LGBTQ movie.  The tale he spins is exceptionally beautiful and told with such a discreet compassion and understanding that when the main crux of the story is finally revealed, you … Continue reading



Circumstance

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This coming-of-age story tells of two teenage girls, who are best friends, dealing with all the restrictions of growing up in Iran today.  The girls are exploring their emerging sexuality as they become part of Tehran’s underground party scene. When an older brother straight out of drug rehab becomes a religious zealot and even joins … Continue reading



No Hard Feelings : a queer story of race, belonging and love

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  When Iranian/German filmmaker Faraz Shariat was 19 years old he imported a  security detacher from China and used it to take off the security tags from clothes in department stores. In time he got caught shoplifting and was sentenced to community service which he did by becoming a translator in a refugee shelter.  That was … Continue reading




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