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APRICOT GROVES

  • SIFF CINEMA EGYPTIAN 805 East Pine Street Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)

Pouria Heidary Oureh; 2016; Armenia; 80 min. in Armenian and English with English subtitles

This  intentional  and  beautifully  crafted  feature  makes  a  triumphant  return  after  screening  at  the  2017  Translations:  Seattle  Transgender  Film  Festival.  Aram,  an  Iranian-Armenian  transmasculine  youth  who  immigrated  to  the  United  States  in  childhood, travels to Armenia for the first time—to propose to a girlfriend Aram met and lived with in America. He’s greeted at the airport by his older brother, Vartan. The handsome pair takes on responsibility for all the traditional ritual details of the marriage  proposal—suits,  flowers,  scents,  sweets—since  their  father  isn’t  alive  to  guide them. Despite his brother’s love and support, Aram encounters many cultural, religious, and national differences on the 24-hour trip, but even harder obstacles lie ahead:  finding  acceptance  by  getting  the  blessing  and  approval  of  those  who  must  transcend their culture.

Queer cinema so infrequently originates in Middle Eastern countries, which makes this rare feature a fortunate blessing for audiences here in the United States. Written and directed by Tehran-based Pouria Heidary Oureh, APRICOT GROVES reflects a story of family, faith, brotherhood, and love. It is a moving reflection on the themes of secrecy and identity, as well as an intricate example of the endurance and complications that permeate conservative religious expectations.


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OPTIMISM BREWERY
1158 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

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