City Of Borders

Posted on May 4, 2009 Under Art

After screening at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, the documentary film "City of Borders"Â about the patrons of Jerusalem's lone gay bar has made its way to the festival currently running in the City by the Bay. Director Yun Suh tells the story of Sa'ar, the city's first openly gay public official and owner of Shushan, the dynamic underground sanctuary where Palestinians and Israelis gather for entertainment and community. Simone Nelson, the film's co-producer and the president of Bay Area Women in Film in Television, explains, "We in the Bay Area (and the U.S.) sometimes live in a bubble and cannot imagine that there’s a place where there is only one location for gay people to meet openly. The participants in the film shared their stories at their own personal risk to help remind us that tolerance, peaceful existence and acceptance in our homes and cities should be basic human rights for all of us.”