Queer Muslim Shorts
Run Time: 112 min.
QUEER MUSLIM SHORTS is returning for its third year to celebrate this unique identity with stories exploring family, relationships, and faith. From heartwarming dramas to chuckling comedies, expect a wide range of emotions and an overwhelming sense of joy! Curated by Beyza Burcak.
Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family, and how it comes together under one roof, as resilient, queer Muslim women and non-binary characters of colour, choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities.
Directed by Faraz Arif Ansari • 30 m • English, Hindi, Urdu • India • Foreign, Drama
A Palestinian young gay tries to manipulate between his freedom and his family, getting in the middle of a great dilemma.
Directed by Rami Fahel • 16 m • Hebrew, Arabic • Palestine • Foreign, Drama
Noor & Layla
Noor and Layla are breaking up. Is it the end of the road for these two Muslim women… or is it the beginning? Noor & Layla is about reclaiming ritual through the love story of two queer, Muslim women, told at five different moments in their relationship, marked by the five calls to prayer (fajr, dhur, asr, maghrib, isha). The film opens at fajr, the dawn prayer, at the end of their relationship and follows a reverse chronology to the evening prayer, isha, the moment they first meet.
Directed by Fawzia Mirza • 13 m • English • Canada • Drama
A breakdown on the way to the airport provides a father and son with an opportunity to reconnect.
Directed by Saleh Saadi • 15 m • Arabic • Palestine • Drama, Foreign
Zaid, a young Arab-American amateur drag queen has to confront his conservative father and Alzheimer’s grandfather about his identity.
Directed by Reem Jubran • 12 m • Arabic, English • United States • Drama
The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night
All cards are on the table when a queer Pakistani Muslim woman brings her Puerto Rican girlfriend home for the first time on the family’s annual game night
Directed by Fawzia Mirza • 11 m • English • United States • Comedy, Action