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Directed by Dania Bdeir • 2022 • Lebanon, France
Starring Khansa, Kamal Saleh, Hassan Aqqoul
Queer alienation gives way to an ecstatic experience of liberation in Dania Bdeir’s dazzlingly conceived short, a Sundance prizewinner. One morning, Mohammad (Khansa), a Syrian migrant working construction in Beirut, volunteers to operate one of his site’s tallest and most notoriously dangerous cranes. There, high above the city and away from the eyes of others, he is able to live out his passionate truth in a cathartic explosion of movement and music that speaks to his complex identity as a queer Muslim far from home.