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A Sinner in Mecca (2015)

For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For filmmaker Parvez Sharma, ... See full summary »

Director:

Parvez Sharma

Writers:

Alison Amron (co writer), Parvez Sharma | 1 more credit »
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For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For filmmaker Parvez Sharma, however, these were risks he had to assume as he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage, a journey considered the greatest accomplishment and aspiration within Islam, his religion. On his journey Parvez aims to look beyond 21st-century Islam's crises of religious extremism, commercialism and sectarian battles. He brings back the story of the religion like it has never been told before, having endured the biggest jihad there is: the struggle with the self.

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The Saudi Arabia they don't want you to see.

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grzesznik w Mekce See more »

Filming Locations:

Saudi Arabia See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Kept me involved
21 October 2018 | by EscapeArtisteSee all my reviews

A fascinating look into a religion. *How* I feel about what I saw in this film is beside the point. The documentary brings the viewer closer than any non-Muslim would usually expect to get.

Through the film I kept wondering if the filmmaker, aware of the outsider's view via his iPhone, would succumb to doubts. So the film was interesting not only for its inside look, but also as a look at this practicing member's navigation of his religion.


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