MR. GAY SYRIA
Sat. Feb. 10, 2018 at 9:45 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
US West Coast Premiere
87 min. France, Germany, Turkey (2017). BD. Arabic, Turkish, English w/ English subtitles.
Director: Ayse Toprak
Writer: Ayse Toprak
Cinematography: Hajo Schomerus, Anne Misselwitz
Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid
Producers: Ekin Çalışır, Christine Kiauk, Antoine Simkine
World Sales: Taskovski Films
Winner of the Human Rights Award at the Sarajevo International Film Festival and the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Husein is a barber in Istanbul, living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud Hassino is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?