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Ian McKellen is narrating a documentary about Muslim drag queens

29 July 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sir Ian McKellen will narrate a Channel 4 documentary about Muslim drag queens.

Muslim Drag Queens is a First Cut documentary from director Marcus Plowright that aims to offer an insight into the clandestine gay Asian community in Britain.

Commissioning editor David Brindley said: "This is an incredibly important, surprising and moving film.

"Those who have chosen to tell their stories have done so with immense bravery and speak so eloquently about the struggles they have faced.

"With piercing honesty, Muslim Drag Queens gets right to the heart of a community that have up until now remained hidden from the wider British public."

The film focuses on three of the estimated over 100 Muslim drag queens in the UK who aim to gain acceptance and tolerance within their wider community.

These people are 33-year-old gay rights activist and out Muslim drag queen Asif Quaraishi/Asifa Lahore.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils MeetMarket projects

27 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films include a collaboration between Sing Sing prison inmates and a leading contemporary dance company from Turner Prize nominated visual artist Phil Collins.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 5-10) has revealed the titles that will pitch for funding at its MeetMarket initiative, celebrating 10 years in 2015.

A total of 64 filmmaker teams from 19 countries will pitch to international and UK decision makers for research, development and production funding

At Crossover Market, which includes digital titles, a further 26 interactive projects from 12 countries will pitch in one-to-one meetings to a range of specialist decision makers.

Among the Crossover projects being pitched are the latest from Oscar Raby who won last year’s Interactive Audience Award with Assent; and Ram Devineni who attracted funding at last year’s Crossover Market and Tribeca New Media Fund for Priya’s Shakti.

New pitch opportunities this year include a BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Stories commission for young filmmakers, the Guardian »

- (Michael Rosser)

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