Iris Prize Shorts 2017

Half a Life


Tamara Shogaolu

Indonesia / Egypt / Netherlands / USA, 12 mins

Half a Life pairs the intimate narration of a young, Egyptian gay activist with stylized animation, bringing the streets of Cairo to life through this first-hand account. The anonymous narrator shares the story of the traumatic encounter which prompted him to become a gay-rights activist in the unstable, oppressive and increasingly dangerous social climate in present-day Egypt.