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Episode 48: We’re Raising a Camel with Tania Safi

We are incredibly honored and grateful to have talked with Tania Safi! Tania grew up in Sydney, Australia, and has done extensive work in media journalism internationally. Tania is a filmmaker; she was head of video for Buzzfeed Australia and then moved to Los Angeles, where she was the senior video producer for Bring Me and Buzzfeed Entertainment.

Nadia Khayrallah co-hosted this episode with us and we had a very fun and meaningful discussion. Tania Safi’s presence in the media has made us feel represented. It is not often that we get to see queer SWANA representation, and Tania has given that to us and to so many fellow queer SWANA people.

Tania has created such beautiful work including her film “Traub Laus” which earned a SIGNIS award and a United Nations Plural+ International award. You can watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/55482316

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Episode 40: Drowning in Cairo

We had a fantastic convo with Egyptian playwright Adam Elsayigh!  Adam came to Mark for Redaction in NY, which is where we first met him.  It was so nice to get to talk with him more.
Adam has been creating plays that give voice to the issues that queer Egyptians have faced.  During this episode, we talked about the importance of representation of SWANA artists, about the reactions that different audiences have had to his play “Drowning in Cairo”, what elements Adam feels are vital to keep in mind when writing and presenting his plays, and much more!

To watch a reading of “Drowning in Cairo”, go to https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aQAFsPU6WjJKsejKd4TiORrJzAvO-pHS

To contact Adam, you can reach out to him through email or Facebook: [email protected], https://www.facebook.com/adamashraf97

The photos below are of:

Adam, shots from the reading of his play, the Mashrou Leila concert that we mentioned during the episode, & a couple of photos of the Queen Boat incident.

 

Egyptian security flank 52 suspected homosexual men accused of sexual immorality as they arrive at a Cairo court November 14, 2001. The court on Wednesday sentenced a man to five years in jail and 22 to up to three years on charges which included “practising sexual immorality”, a local euphemism for homosexuality, a court source said. Twenty-nine men were acquitted in the trial which has been condemned as unfair by international groups.

 

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