New Lesbian Short FilmWhat do you do when your family isn’t keen on gays, and your girlfriend doesn’t do secrets?

When Harri Met Salma – written by Sanja Katich, directed by Corey Booth, produced by Mélanie Julien-Martial.

A short film by Master’s students at the WA Screen Academy, in conjunction with third year acting students from WAAPA, When Harri Met Salma is a really cute lesbian short film that showcases the love between people who live on the intersections of more than one minority group in Australia.

When Harri Met Salma is the story of two young women falling in love.

Harri is a headstrong and independent Aboriginal woman, while Salma, an Iranian Muslim, is the more introverted and quiet of the two.

Salma is trying to do the right thing by her family – they want her to get married to a nice Persian guy and settle down. Completely not interested, she’s doing her best to keep them at arm’s length, while managing her growing love for Harri.

Harri, on the other hand, is not used to hiding or keeping secrets, and she desperately wants to share her love for Salma with the world.  Salma is stuck between being the perfect daughter and sister to her family, while also being open in her love for Harri. The question is – what will she do?

These days we’re seeing more on-screen Queer relationships, but it’s rare that visibility is afforded to people on the intersections of more than one minority group.

Representations may show Indigenous or Queer, Muslim or Queer, but rarely both. But what if you are both? This film, When Harri Met Salma, says – it’s okay to be who you are, you’re not alone.


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