Mondial 2010

by Roy Dib
In this film on love and place, a Lebanese gay couple decides to take a road trip to Ramallah.
2014  ·  19m  ·  Lebanon
Arabic, English
English subs
About the Film

MONDIAL 2010 is a discussion of institutional borders in modern day Middle East*. It uses video as an apparatus to transgress boundaries that are inflicted on people in spite of them. It is a travel film in a trajectory that doesn’t allow travel, starring two male lovers, in a setting where homosexuality is a punishable felony.

A Lebanese gay couple decides to take a road trip to Ramallah. The film is recorded with their camera as they chronicle their journey. The viewers are invited through the couple’s conversations into the universe of a fading city.

Shot with a hand-held camcorder, MONDIAL 2010 borrows the aesthetics of a travel video log. It normalizes the abnormal, and by doing so creates its own universe of possibility. It is a shift from the mainstream passive view of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict that places the victim/oppressor in the forefront of the produced imagery. This video glides over this conflict with an upper hand. 

* The relations between Israelis and Lebanese are governed by the 1943 Lebanese Criminal Code and the 1955 Lebanese Anti-Israeli Boycott Law, the former of which forbids any interaction with nationals of enemy states, and the latter of which specifies Israelis, making a trip for a Lebanese citizen to Israel (or Palestinian Territories) impossible.

Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
Sicilia Queer FilmFest, Sicily, Best Film Award
Sicilia Queer FilmFest, Sicily , Special Mention - Palermo Pride
Berlinale, Berlin, TEDDY Award for Best Short Film
Lebanese Film Festival, Beirut, Best First Film
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Inntravel Award
Queer Lisboa International Film Festival, Lisbon, Best Short Film
Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Uppsala, Uppsala Grand Prix
Roy Dib
About the Director

Roy Dib

Roy Dib, born in 1983, works and lives in Beirut.

On both formal and conceptual levels, artist and filmmaker Roy Dib challenges common notions of space and boundary, weaving together archival material, scripted text and hypothetical circumstances to chronicle the political narratives of our day.

His work was presented at Studio la Città, Verona (2021), Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani De Palma (2021), Loop Barcelona (2020), Galerie Tanit (2018), MAXXI Museum (2017), Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017), ALFILM (2017), JCC (2016), Forum Expanded – 64th and 65th Berlinale, Exposure 2015 – Beirut Art Center, Uppsala International Short Film Festival (2014), Queer Lisboa (2014), Images Festival – Toronto (2016) , Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil (2013, 2015 and 2017), Ashkal Alwan – Beirut (2014) , Video Works – Beirut (2011 – 2014).



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