Ladies, Gentlemen, and Everyone in Between

A short essay film attempting to formally combine day-to-day props and itineraries in Beirut. These elements, whether formally gendered or transformed into something that is, all become part of a personal narrative where I am made aware of my gender. This experiment challenges the notion of the binary as I navigate through the city as both male, female, and neither.

  • Jad Wadi
    Director
  • Roger Zouein
    Ending Track
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    سيداتي، سادتي، و كل من بينهم
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student, Other
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Lebanon
  • Country of Filming:
    Lebanon
  • Language:
    Arabic
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Alaska Airlines Plane Showings

    March 1, 2021
  • Image+Nation LGBTQeer Montréal Film Festival
    Montreal
    Canada
    December 9, 2020
    Canadian Premiere
  • Seattle Queer Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    October 15, 2020
    Most Innovative Short Jury Award
  • Wicked Queer LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    Boston
    United States
    July 26, 2020
    North American Premiere
  • Revolution Fundraiser for Lebanon at HWK
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 31, 2020
  • Beirut Animated Film Festival
    Beirut
    Lebanon
    October 31, 2019
    Tosh Fesh Awards Official Selection
  • Nedwa Conference by the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality
    Nicosia
    Cyprus
    September 28, 2019
  • MENA-LOGUE Exhibition and Panel
    Milan
    Italy
    July 20, 2019
    European Premiere
  • Mise en Abyme Film Festival
    Beirut
    Lebanon
    June 20, 2019
  • American University of Beirut (Final Year Thesis Project)
    Beirut
    Lebanon
    May 14, 2019
    Middle East Premiere
    First Place Areen Award + First Prize Dean's Award for Creative Achievement
  • Vices and Validations Exhibition (Work in Progress Screening)
    Beirut
    Lebanon
    May 2, 2019
Director Biography - Jad Wadi

Occasionally confronting my anxieties about the world by hiding in my room where I learn how to animate, watch true crime docs, and play the sax.

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Director Statement

The street behind my apartment building shares its facing sidewalks with clustered hardware stores, coffee kiosks, and motor-cycles. Mothers hold the hands of their children during the day and men smoke hookah pipes by their shops at night. In need of electronic supplies, I once made my way to one of these stores only familiar to me by sight. Two men by the counter took their time to help me find what I needed, and, later throughout our exchange of dialogue, they asked me “Shou Esmak Lzghir?” (What is your name? -addressed to a man-).
My baggy sweatpants and binded chest did not allow their eyes to pick-up on any missing or present bulge that would indicate my sex. Instead, the vendors focused on my appearance, my posture, the fact that I was unaccompanied at night in a hardware store, and completely disregarded the pitch of my voice. They therefore believed I was a man. Without hesitating I firmly answered,“Mohamad”, the name of my dad.
I continued to be greeted as one of the “boys” from the area, and, as I carefully accessed this man cave and shared new body language with others, it felt like trespassing. I had to keep up with this act without allowing them to realize that something was not right. That the gender they saw me as was not in fact aligned with what they believed was in my pants. But that did not happen. I kept embodying what was closest to my understanding of a heteronormative man, and in that moment, I was, in fact, a man.