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August 4, 2016

In the last article we looked at the film Genoun al-Shabab (c.1975). In that film we had a resident lesbian to whom one of the main characters at one point refers in the masculine pronoun. “Ma lak” instead of “ma lik,” (what’s wrong with you?) asks ‘Alaa when Usmat com...

August 4, 2016

Over the past six months, I have been endeavoring on this website to update the work I undertook in Chapter VI of Female Homosexuality in the Middle East. In that chapter, I offered a brief review of homosexuality as it manifested in Egyptian cinema and I reported on t...

August 4, 2016

Ahmad Jalal wrote the screenplay for Bint al-Basha al-Mudir. Jalal starred alongside Marie Queen and Assia Dagher and the film was produced by their company, Lotus Productions in 1938.  As I have written in an earlier article, this film gives us our first same-sex subt...

August 4, 2016

An opinion formed too early in the game of life is no where nearly as valuable as a studied, carefully considered context. Ok, so preamble complete, what was the purpose of that? Simply that I am just now getting to write to you about The L-Word. And what a waste of fi...

August 4, 2016

Yes, I dared to use “Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual,” partly because the films themselves depicted identities, not simply behaviors, and partly because I have never really found it epistemically pernicious to engage in cultural translations and historical equivalencies. A l...

August 4, 2016

I had the pleasure of seeing Rolla Selbak’s Three Veils at its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie theatre in 2011, and while I missed Cherien Dabis’ May in the Summer at the Sydney Arab Film Festival, I caught it a few months later at the Castro theatre in 2014. I’ve...

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