VOD Review - Oriented
Khader Abu Seif is 25. He's a blogger who has a Jewish boyfriend named David. Given the violence, David wants to leave and emigrate to Germany, but Khader feels too much of a kinship to the area and wants it to be his home despite the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. He has to decide if he's going to stay or go.
Fadi Daeem is 26, a nurse who studied at Tel Aviv University. He dated Khader as a teen but now is best friends with him. Fadi states that he doesn't want to date now a Jewish man, except in the middle of the movie, he begins an affair with a Jewish soldier who has a politically opposing view. He admits he's fallen in love but can't stand the Zionist ideology, so Fadi is conflicted about following his heart, which has him sorely divided.
Naeem Jiryes is 24, a fellow male nurse who has a lot of labels like vegetarian and feminist but he's still in the closet. When he visits his family in the rural area, they push for him to move home, get a wife and have children. It's a source of discomfort for him and he's saddened when he sees the families of his friends so accepting. He has to decide if he's finally going to tell his parents the truth.
Witzenfeld doesn't provide much information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which would give us context of what men like Khader dislike. There is a moment when we see on TV a news report of a Palestinian teen who is killed by Jewish people. It's very selective though. We're not shown the Jewish deaths by Palestinians. Despite some misconception from Jewish people, the subjects here don't really express the horror in their lives, the danger.
The viral videos aren't really given much weight either. One scene has them reading comments on YouTube, but Witzenfeld never explores what the consequences are. We don't know how many views the viral videos are getting. We don't know if people are recognizing them on the street, if it's having the desired effect or any effect. It comes across as something they did just to do something and then it's forgotten.
Three Stars out of Five.
Not Rated but for general audiences.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 19 mins.
Available now on Netflix Watch Instant.