Agil Abdullayev             Works       Info

short film, video, color, sound, 5’

Short film that delves into the intricate tapestry of queer cruising culture across Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. Inspired by the artist's ongoing research started in 2019, the film weaves together four unique perspectives, each offering a distinct and personal portrayal of the clandestine world of cruising.

As the camera unveils hidden corners and secret meeting spots, participants share their experiences, shedding light on the nuanced dynamics that shape this subculture. From the bustling streets of Istanbul to the quiet shores of the Caspian Sea, the film narrates the diversity and complexity of queer cruising in the region. These locales, rich in cultural history and diversity, provide a backdrop that accentuates the covert yet vibrant world of queer connections.

Through intimate interviews, the film transcends stereotypes and challenges preconceptions, inviting audiences to contemplate the intersections of desire, identity, and societal norms. "Voices from Sexualized Places" is a visual journey that not only documents the lived experiences of those within the cruising culture but also serves as a mirror reflecting the broader social landscape of these four countries. The narratives reveal a spectrum of emotions—from the exhilaration of secret encounters to the fear of societal repercussions—highlighting both the resilience and vulnerability of queer individuals.

The film's evocative storytelling is complemented by a carefully curated soundtrack and striking cinematography, which together create an immersive experience. Viewers are not only given a glimpse into the private worlds of the film’s subjects but are also encouraged to question their own perceptions and biases about queer culture and the notion of public versus private spaces.
"Voices from Sexualized Places" stands as a poignant testament to the power of storytelling in fostering empathy and understanding, making it a significant contribution to the discourse on LGBTQ+ issues in a region where such conversations are often marginalized. Through its candid exploration of cruising culture, the film underscores the universal quest for connection and the courage it takes to navigate love and desire in the face of societal constraints.

Directed by
Agil Abdullayev

Sound design by
Farhad Farzali

Special thanks to
Goethe Institut Georgia
Maia Daniela