No Hard Feelings directed by Faraz Shariat (Germany) 2020 reveals the ambivalence of the immigrant experience.
Parvis lives relatively open as a young gay man born in Germany of Iranian parents. Though he’s not immune from either antigay or xenophobic prejudice directed toward him.
While doing community service as a translator in a refugee settlement, he makes friends with a couple of Iranian siblings waiting for their status to be determined.
Other males in the camp are quite hostile and homophobic. However after some initial reticence a strong, loving relatlonship emerges. But love alone doesn’t solve all of the difficulties of Parvis, his parents, or his friends.
I highly recommend No Hard /feelings, now screening online as part of Frameine 44.
Round two of Frameline 44 takes place 17 – 27 September 2020 online. Tickets limited to California viewers.
My narrative picks are: Beautiful Dreamer directed by Amy Glazer (USA) 2020, Cicada directed by Mathew Fifer and Kieran Mulcare (USA) 2020, The Goddess Of Fortune directed by Ferzan Ozpetek (Italy) 2019, and No Hard Feelngs directed by Faraz Shariat (Germany) 2020.
Saturday 12 October 2019 at 8:30 PM the 23rd San Francisco Arab Film Festival will screen Queer Lens at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero.
The two-hour program of films by and about queer Arabs consists of four shorts and one medium length narrative film.
Brothers directed by Mike Mosallam (USA) 2018, Of A Dancer directed by Georges Hazim (Lebanon) 2018, Dearborn Ash by Hena Ashraf (USA) 2018, Marco directed by Saleem Haddad (UK) 2019, and Label Me directed by Kai Kreuser (Germany) 2019.