City of Borders
“When I read in the bible that I could be killed for being gay, I understood what it was like to be Palestinian.” – Israeli bar patron.
In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence and prejudice: a gay bar called Shushan. Inside this underground sanctuary, people of opposing nationalities, religions and sexual orientations gather to find community among people typically viewed as each other’s “enemy.” Outside the bar religious groups unite in their opposition to all demonstrations of gay identity in the Holy City.
CITY OF BORDERS follows the daily struggles of five courageous Israeli and Palestinian bar regulars as they navigate the minefield of politics and religion to live and love openly. In observing the patrons’ fight for existence we explore people from warring worlds embrace what everyone shares in common-the right to be accepted and belong.