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IQMF Amsterdam looks at sexual diversity in queer and migrant communities, expressing it through film, debates, art exhibitions. Join us on the 5th edition 4 – 8 December 2019!


/ / Breakup in 9 scenes

Break Up in 9 Scenes

Experimental drama, 14 minutes

Directed by Leil Zahra Mortada

Germany 2017

Language: English


Set against a backdrop of Berlin this is the story of a couple that has fallen apart after their country fell apart. 

This is our documentary, it is about you and me. One day after you disappeared, after you sent that break-up message, I made you this video letter. A day after the military took power. In a matter of a day, you and I lost us, and we all lost a revolution. I am not angry, I am disappointed. But how does one live disappointment? 


What is the physical action associated with disappointment? Anger is much easier. Sadness is much easier. Hatred is the easiest. But I don’t hate you. You are too innocent to hate. We were too innocent to win. It is life.


Leil-Zahra is a transfeminist queer activist and filmmaker, born in Lebanon. Their work has a major focus on gender, sexualities, documentation, freedom of movement, protest movements, discrimination, freedom of expression, and post-colonialism.


This film will be screened in the Soura Film Fest selection – Queer Stories from the MENA Region.