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Sometimes I Wish I Was On a Desert Island

2020 10 min
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As the world learns to live again in the midst of the pandemic, for many Arabic-speaking LGBTQ+ people living in Montreal, this is just a period of time like any other. When you’ve fled homophobic violence in your home country and endured a painful migratory journey, or you still face social prejudices stemming from intercultural and intergenerational conflicts, surviving social isolation is nothing new.

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Sometimes I Wish I Was On a Desert Island
  • The Curve
    The Curve
    2020 7 editions
    The Curve is the pulse of our nation, beating in its own time during this unprecedented time. Our creators, with their talent and insight, are bringing to life the voices of Canadians touched by COVID-19, both near and far. The Curve is an online destination where these experiences will be expressed in animation, documentary and digital storytelling formats.

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As the world learns to live again in the midst of the pandemic, for many Arabic-speaking LGBTQ+ people living in Montreal, this is just a period of time like any other. When you’ve fled homophobic violence in your home country and endured a painful migratory journey, or you still face social prejudices stemming from intercultural and intergenerational conflicts, surviving social isolation is nothing new.
  • direction
    Eli Jean Tahchi
  • writing
    Eli Jean Tahchi
  • participant
    Adam Khatra
    Hany Shokair
    Andrew Khoury
  • producer
    Pierre-Mathieu Fortin
  • editing
    Eli Jean Tahchi
  • animation
    Arash Akhgari
    Francis-William Rhéaume
  • app design
    Daphnée Brisson-Cardin
    Tatiana Matsoulevitch
  • app animation
    Daphnée Brisson-Cardin
    Tatiana Matsoulevitch
  • sound design
    Patrice LeBlanc
  • music
    Stéphanie Hamelin Tomala
  • technical support - editing
    Pierre Dupont
    Marie-Josée Gourde
    Patrick Trahan
  • titles design
    Daphnée Brisson-Cardin
  • infographics
    Alain Ostiguy
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
  • colourization
    Yannick Carrier
  • sound effects creation
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Isabelle Lussier
  • administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
  • senior production coordinator
    Joëlle Lapointe
  • production coordinator
    Alexandra Bourque
    Chinda Phommarinh
  • studio coordinator
    Gabrielle Dupont
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Claveau
  • line producer
    Mélanie Lasnier
  • executive producer
    Nathalie Cloutier

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Education

Ages 18+

Ages: 18+

French, Arabic and English with English subtitles

Warnings: Adult content, Sexuality, reference to Pornography

Not recommended for high school

Part of The Curve, this is a short documentary featuring Arabic-speaking LGBTQ2+ men living in Montreal who are feeling a particular brand of isolation as COVID-19 affects their community.