6 Queer Films From the Middle East and North Africa

A look inside Habibi Collective and ShakoMako’s new online film festival

Let’s be honest, Netflix is getting boring now. Thankfully, our favourite collectives are still out here making virtual content and events to keep us inspired and entertained in this scary new world. 

Case in point: Habibi Collective – the collective spotlighting and archiving films from the Middle East and North Africa – have announced a new film festival. 

Kicking off on May 18 in collaboration with ShakoMako (a cultural platform that celebrates the MENA diaspora in Malmö), the festival will broadcast six cutting-edge films exploring the under-represented queer experience in the region, tackling narratives of ‘coming-out’, cross-dressing, religious oppression and cultural performance.

Participating filmmakers have been selected because they each dismiss the “model minority” stereotype and refuse to submit to that reduction. 

Check out the full program and get your ticket here.

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