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Raed El Rafei

Graduate Student
participatory documentary, Video essays, multimedia storytelling, queer film, Middle-Eastern studies, first-person film narratives
Research Interests: 

Rafei’s research focuses on queer imaginaries, counter-temporalities and futurity in the film and video works of contemporary queer Arab and Muslim artists and filmmakers. Rafei also studies archive-based film works engaged in a practice of de-colonizing and queering the archives. As a maker, Rafei is exploring the video essay mode to think about the queer potentiality of public spaces and histories of his hometown, Tripoli, a peripheral Arab city in Lebanon, by engaging with concepts of failure, non-productivity and marginality.

Biography: 
Raed Rafei is a Lebanese filmmaker, writer, scholar and multimedia journalist. For over ten years, he worked as a reporter covering political, social and economic issues in the Middle East for national and international publications like the Daily Star, the Los Angeles Times and Forbes Arabia. He also worked as a researcher, producer and director on TV news reports and documentaries for channels like Al-Jazeera, CNN and ARTE. Since 2011, Rafei has produced independent documentary/fiction hybrid films. He made two feature-length films: 74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle) (2012) and Here I am ... Here you are (2016), and two short films: Prologue (2011) and Salam (2017). His films have screened at international film festivals and received several prizes.