Oriented follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014. Khader is a Tel Aviv "darling" from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend, David, a local LGBT nightlife impresario, and their Dalmatian, Otis, in Tel Aviv. Khader is conflicted by his desire for change in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Fadi is an ardent Palestinian nationalist confronted by guilt-ridden Jewish love and Naeem must confront his family with the truth about his sexuality. Meanwhile, a war is brewing... Determined to make a change, these three best friends form a non-violent, cultural resistance group ("Qambuta") making viral content for gender and national equality. While their work may not change the world, it certainly helps them deal with the frustration of living with multi-faceted identities.

86 minutes
Jake Witzenfeld

Shown at

  1. 20th Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. 21st Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 9th Annual Other Israel Film Festival - 2015
  4. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2016
  5. Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  6. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  7. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2016
  8. SFJFF WinterFest - 2016
  9. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2018

2 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Denver Jewish Film Festival announces screening of Oriented, A New Doc Film Exploring the Lives of Gay Palestinians from Tel Aviv-Jaffa

    Oriented, a new feature documentary chronicling the lives of gay Palestinians living in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, has announced its screening at the upcoming 20th annual Denver Jewish Film Festival, taking place at the Mizel Art and Culture Center (MACC), on the evening of February 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm.

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Three young men seek identity in ‘Oriented’

    As the American presidential race continues to heat up, more and more Americans divide themselves across party lines and political predilections. Yet, few see these divisions as dividing — they see them as unifying: this is my identity, and these are the people who feel the same. Individual identity within a larger whole is one of the most desirable aspects of being human, and it is a topic cinema loves to explore. And not just explore, but empower. Cinema doesn’t just give its subjects a voice, but an undeniable image as well.


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