Western Refuge

Individuals of various persuasions look to Western Europe as a place of refuge from war, poverty, and persecution. However those who manage to complete the journey frequently face new challenges and hostility.

Eastern Boys directed by Robin Campillo (France) 2013 begins with an encounter at Gare du Nord between a middle-aged man and a teen hustler.

The two agree to meet for sex the following day in one of the suburbs of Paris but what follows is unexpected and far more complex than either imagined.


Salvation Army directed by Abdellah Taia (Morocco) 2013 is adapted from his autobiographical novel of the same name. Most of it takes place in Casablanca, where he grew up as a young boy drawn to other males and accepting of their sexual advances.

His homosexuality was neither openly discussed nor denied by other members of his large family or others around him. He follows the advice of his older brother to escape the confines of his native environment.

Salvation Army plays once more Tuesday 6 May 2014 during the final week of San Francisco International Film Festival 57. Contact the San Francisco Film Society for more information and tickets.

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