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Directed by | Tawfik Abu Wael

Genre fiction  |  Length: 15mins  |  Year of production: 2001

In this poetically composed short from Tawfic Abu Wael, based loosely on Mohammad Shukry�s novel For Bread Alone, Essam, a young Arab refugee who lives in Tel Aviv, makes his living as a male prostitute. Vulnerable, desperate and operating in the shadows of the city, the character proclaims: �my physical pleasures make me forget the hunger�. Through Essam�s sexuality, the director explores themes of violence, humiliation and dominance. Whereas his childhood memories in his home village are portrayed as being full of light, we see that this home is no sanctuary either.

Diary of a Male Whore was first conceived as a university project during Abu Wael�s training, but was rejected for being a �low film� with excessive violence. In the end, it was completed independently and took 3 years to finish.