Ithaca College Screening Documents Jerusalem's Underground Gay Community

 ITHACA, NY — “City of Borders,” a documentary that goes inside the vibrant community of the only gay bar in Jerusalem, will be shown at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The 7 p.m. showing in Textor 101 is free and open to the public. Writer, producer and director Yun Suh will introduce her film and speak with the audience after the screening.

The film intimately portrays the daily lives of the owner of the bar Shushan and four Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they navigate the minefield of politics, religion and discrimination. Set against the construction of the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories, their stories reveal the contradictions and complexities in the struggle for acceptance. In observing the lives of the bar regulars, “City of Borders” explores the bonds forged when people from warring worlds embrace what everyone shares in common — the right to be accepted and belong — rather than be defined or divided by their differences.

“City of Borders” was named winner of the Teddy Audience Award from the Berlin International Film Festival, Best Documentary from the Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Grand Jury Prize from the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival, among other honors.

Filmmaker Yun Suh has worked for a number of years as a journalist in broadcast radio and television. She is a founding member of “Apex Express” on KPFA Radio in Berkeley, California, a weekly magazine show profiling current affairs and arts in the Asian and Asian-American community. She was nominated for an Emmy for “Comfort Women,” the story of an illiterate Korean woman who paints to break her 50-year silence on being forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army.

The screening is part of the “Israeli Voices” film series, sponsored by the Jewish Studies program and Hillel at Ithaca College with support from alumnus Steven Weiss ’91. It is cosponsored by the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services.

For more information, contact Rebecca Lesses, associate professor and coordinator of the Jewish studies program, at (607) 274-3556 or

Originally published in IC News: Ithaca College Screening Documents Jerusalem's Underground Gay Community.

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