The Invisible Men

The Invisible Men
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The Invisible Men

Louie ha trentadue anni e da otto vive a Tel Aviv senza documenti. Abdu, ventiquattro anni, è fuggito da Ramallah dove, una volta scoperto essere gay, è stato accusato di spionaggio e torturato dall’esercito palestinese. E infine Faris, ventitré anni, in fuga da una famiglia che ha cercato di ucciderlo quando ha saputo della sua omosessualità. Le terribili storie di tre ragazzi colpevoli di essere omosessuali nati in Palestina, osteggiati sia dai loro connazionali che dagli israeliani. Ad accoglierli la comunità gay di Tel Aviv, tra amanti ebrei e lavori bislacchi con cui sbarcare il lunario. L’unica possibile soluzione? Scappare all’estero, dove ottenere rifugio lasciandosi tutto alle spalle. Tre storie strazianti, in cui a dominare è l’intreccio tra religione, fanatismo e odio. Ma anche una sottile traccia d’ironia, per un affresco umano in cui vengono affrontate tematiche quali il conflitto tra identità personale e identità nazionale, desiderio di libertà e necessità di accettazione. (ToGay)

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From the opening scenes of the documentary The Invisible Men, it’s clear that filmmaker Yariv Mozer is telling a unique story. The film’s central figure, Louie, is shown describing an encounter with his father, who threatened him with a knife after he found out his son was gay. Louie still has a scar across his cheek from the altercation.
After that incident, Louie fled his home of Nablus in the West Bank to live illegally in Tel Aviv, where he has spent years hiding out and working odd jobs under the table. Louie’s story isn’t the only one we are told throughout the film. We are also introduced to another gay Palestinian, Abdu, as he prepares to seek asylum in a European country.
In one memorable scene, the two men are seen singing nostalgically in Arabic as they observe the scenery of Tel Aviv around them. The choice to leave is much tougher for Louie, who isn’t sure he wants to leave his homeland, learn a new language and start anew at the age of 31. But Abdu reminds him of the situation they face here.
“The Palestinians won’t accept us because we’re gay, and the Israelis won’t accept us because we’re Palestinians without a permit, and we’re ‘illegal’,” he tells him. This unique documentary offers a powerful view of the challenge faced by men who are forced to live illegally, or ‘invisibly’, due to their sexual orientation.

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Yariv Mozer was willing to go against Israeli law in interviewing his subjects; on the other hand, his contracts with them required that they be in a safe situation in order for their faces to be shown. To get an idea of just how dangerous it is go be gay in the West Bank, the interviewees were unwilling to give the names of men they had been involved with, even one who was dead!
We are permitted to see how NGO’s are able to achieve the impossible in getting around inter/national laws and customs in finding safe havens for these men, but also to see how much it costs the men to make the transition. (Imdb)

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