November 3rd, 2012, 1:00pm – 2:15pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L12 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue
City of Borders provides an original view of the vibrant underground community at the only gay bar in Jerusalem where people of different nationalities, religions and sexual orientations create a sanctuary among people typically viewed as the “enemy”. This powerful and provocative documentary intimately portrays the daily lives of five Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they risk their lives challenging taboos and navigating the minefield of politics, religion and discrimination to live and love openly.
Set against the construction of the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories and the struggle for a gay pride parade in the Holy City, these five inter-woven stories reveal the contradictions and complexities in the struggle for acceptance. In observing the lives of the bar regulars, City of Borders explores the bond forged when people from warring worlds embrace the right to be accepted and belong, rather than being divided by their differences.