Premiere DateAug 7, 2016
00:00 Book Talk Intro DJ Kory
05:46 “Subliminal” Heaven For Real
09:01 Interview with Saleem Haddad DJ Kory and Taia Handlin
20:33 “Known Steps In Directions Unknown“ Heaven For Real
23:19 Interview with Taia Handlin
30:40 “Hotel #55” Heaven For Real
33:39 Book Talk Outro DJ Kory
36:15 “Misfire” Heaven For Real
39:04 Finish

Guapa by Saleem Haddad



Set over the course of twenty-four hours, Guapa follows Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country, as he tries to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval. Rasa spends his days translating for Western journalists and pining for the nights when he can sneak his lover, Taymour, into his room. One night Rasa’s grandmother — the woman who raised him — catches them in bed together. The following day Rasa is consumed by the search for his best friend Maj, a fiery activist and drag queen star of the underground bar, Guapa, who has been arrested by the police. Ashamed to go home and face his grandmother, and reeling from the potential loss of the three most important people in his life, Rasa roams the city’s slums and prisons, the lavish weddings of the country’s elite, and the bars where outcasts and intellectuals drink to a long-lost revolution. Each new encounter leads him closer to confronting his own identity, as he revisits his childhood and probes the secrets that haunt his family. As Rasa confronts the simultaneous collapse of political hope and his closest personal relationships, he is forced to discover the roots of his alienation and try to re-emerge into a society that may never accept him.

Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…