Movie Monday: ‘Circumstance’ at the Angelika

Princess of Persia

The lesbian romance Circumstance breaks many taboos, but for director Maryam Keshavarz, it was simply a story that had to be told.

The Arab Spring has meant a significant liberalization in Middle Eastern countries. But political freedom is one thing; artistic expression is still quite another. And, for that matter, Iran is not Egypt or Libya.

Not that the revolutions in those countries mattered to Maryam Keshavarz, who made the dauntingly radical film Circumstance. Although shot in comparatively open Lebanon (where it is still illegal to be gay), the story tells a tale of two Iranian woman who enter into a romance.

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DEETS: Starring Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai. 107 minutes. R.


—  Rich Lopez

Why Germany’s Guido Westerwelle Won’t Bring Boyfriend to Countries That Hate Homos

We want to promote the concept of tolerance in the world. But we don't want to achieve the opposite by behaving imprudently. It is smarter to advance step-by- step and sensitively. I think it is important that we live by our own standards of tolerance and that we do not adopt sometimes less tolerant standards as our own. … My motto is: do what you like if it does not hurt anyone else.

—Guido Westerwelle, Germany's foreign minister and vice chancellor, explaining why he won't travel with his partner Michael Mronz to some of the world's 75 countries that persecute gays; he's already visited Yemen and Saudi Arabia without Mronz, but took him to China.


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