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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 »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grzesznik w Mekce See more »

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Saudi Arabia See more »

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16:9 HD
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Mesmerizing
11 February 2017 | by cbibosoSee all my reviews

Just finished watching this. You get used to the grainy, hand-held camera after awhile and become totally absorbed into a story that has never been told before. The film, for me, opened doors into a secret world that I never thought I could enter. I felt like I was there with him in Mecca. Not only is this guy brave, he is also a great filmmaker. He successfully creates a story line including his very personal life into a film that could have ended up being a travelogue. This film is not a travelogue. You will be mesmerized. Even my teenage daughter was. Central to it, is a search of the spirit and it does something I like in movies, which is the ending does not answer all your questions. Its an open ending to a film that is anything but traditional.


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