Queering Ramadan



Abdullah Qureshi, Wasla Collective

On Wednesday 13.04 we will screen Journey to the CharBagh and Cruising: Other Ways of Love by Abdullah Qureshi as part of our program Queering Ramadan with Wasla Collective.

Doors open at 18:00 and screening starts at 18:30.
Warmly welcome!‍

Cruising: Other Ways of Love, 2020‍

The film employs a fictional and experimental narrative, exploring cruising from a mythological and queer perspective. The visuals draw on personal memories and encounters of the artist, extending characters and symbols from the paintings of Anwar Saeed (b. 1955). The music is composed by Zan and includes the voices of Fares, Hassan Tariq, and extracts from a conversation conducted by Abdullah Qureshi in Marseille, France, with queer Muslim friends talking about cruising. ‍

Director: Abdullah Qureshi
Co-produced in collaboration with Khadeeja Arham, Zainab Zulfiqar, Umair Sajid, and Hadi Rehman
Post-Production Producer: Danai Anagnostou
Director of Photography: Hadi Rehman‍

Journey to the CharBagh, 2019‍

Drawing upon Sufi traditions of interpreting Islamic sacred texts that celebrate love and equality, Journey to the CharBagh is a poetic and experimental exploration of queerness from a Muslim perspective. The narrative focuses on the figure of the Buraq, a winged mythological creature with the ability to travel to heaven, encountering terrestrial and celestial beings, moving toward a spiritual and queer awakening.‍

Director: Abdullah Qureshi
Producer: Danai Anagnostou
Directors of Photography: Hadi Rehman (Pakistan) and Kerttu Hakkarainen (Finland)

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