The Invisible Men

Director: Yariv Mozer
Writer: Adam Rosner, Yariv Mozer
DOP: Shahar Reznik
Editor: Yasmine Novak
Composer: Wouter van Bemmel
Sound: Hugo Dijkstal
Producers: Yariv Mozer, Sander Verdonk, Gertjan Langeland, Adam Rosner, Hila Aviram
Co-producers: Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Carine Ruszniewski

The film “The Invisible Men” tells the untold story of persecuted gay Palestinian men who have run away from their families and are now hiding illegally in Tel Aviv.

Their stories will be told through the film’s heroes: Louie, 32 years old, a gay Palestinian who has been hiding illegally in Tel Aviv for the past 8 years; Abdu, 24 years old, exposed as gay in Ramallah, accused of “espionage,” tortured by Palestinian security forces; Fares, 23, recently escaped to Tel Aviv from the West Bank. His fate remains to be determined. Louie’s story will be the main line of the film; Abdu and Fares’s stories will support Louie, clarifying and deepening the audience understanding of him.

Much has been said about the plight of homosexuals in the Muslim world, yet those stuck in the ghettos of the West Bank and suffers all the more. There, rumors about sexual identity travel fast—and rapidly turn threats into serious physical harm: if their families don’t find them first, the Palestinian secret service immediately accuses them of cooperating with the Israeli secret service (that does in fact exploit gay Palestinians). For that reason, these men have no choice but to escape illegally to Israel and to its most liberal city, Tel Aviv. But even there they must continue to live double lives. With no address, no passport or bank account, no real friends, no true lovers, Tel Aviv becomes their living prison. To suffocate them further, Israel criminalizes anyone who provides these illegal Palestinians with accommodation, employment, or transportation. 

Yariv Mozer – Director

Director and Producer, had graduated with distinction from Tel-Aviv University’s Film Department.

Mozer directed the short films: “Passiflora Waltz” (2003) and “Bed Stories” (2010), and the documentaries “My First War” (2008, Zdf Arte, Noga CH.8), winner of DocAviv special mention award, IDFA first appearance nominee and Winner of Toronto Jewish Film Festival and the TV documentary “Another Way, Noa & Mira Awad on the way to Eurovision 2009” for IBA’s Ch. 1. Mozer had also directed music videos among them “My Turn” for Israeli singer Yehonathan which got to the top of MTV’s Logo Channel’s chart. His films had been shown in festivals and TV channels worldwide.