An out Israeli lawyer brings home his closeted Palestinian boyfriend. The truth is, the worlds they know are not a safe place for them and toxic to their love. Where can go to find happiness?
The battles over the contentious move of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem yesterday embody a millennium spanning conflict: Us V. Them.
On this Qreel Tuesday, the same geography hosts another conflict with an equally long history and one you only have to be gay to understand: Us V. Them.
Michael Mayer’s gay romantic drama, “Out In The Dark” explores the geopolitical powder keg of the middle east coupled with the anti-gay populace that can be found not just there, but the world over.
In “Out In The Dark”, Nimer (Nicholas Jacob), an ambitious Palestinian student in the West Bank, dreams of a better life. One fateful night in Tel Aviv, he meets Roy (Michael Aloni), an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love.
As their relationship deepens, they are both confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept Nimer for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality.
When Nimerʼs close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank and a terrible fate, Nimer is forced to choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy.
“‘Out in the Dark’ is gripping, and Nimr’s tearful exile from his family breaks your heart. As outside forces threaten to destroy the affair, you may think of Humphrey Bogart’s famous observation in ‘Casablanca’ that “the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.” Nimr and Roy are two little people playing with matches in a tinderbox.” ~Stephen Holden, The New York Times.
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