Mr. Gay Syria

Mr. Gay Syria (doc.)

Friday, 3.11. 15:30h, Art cinema Kolarac
Monday, 6.11. 15h, Cultural center of Belgrade

Director: Ayse Toprak
Country: Turkey, France, Germany
Year: 2017
Runtime: 84’
Language: Arabic, Turkish, English

Production: Les Films D’Antoine,  Coin Film, Toprak Film
Distribution: Taskovski Films

International selection

Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul, living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud 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?

Director’s biography
After almost 15 years living, studying and working in New York, London, and Doha, she returned to Turkey in 2011 with Al Jazeera to produce social and political documentaries throughout her country and the region. Her works include Don’t Tell Us Fairytales, a look into the fallout from Turkey’s conflict with its Kurdish population; Schools On Edge, regarding the education of Syrian refugee children; The Fashion Issue, about the thin line between religion and fashion; Land Ties, on domestic migration in Turkey; and, Another Spring In Iraq which chronicles the budding economic and social ties between Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. Since her arrival in Istanbul, she has focused on creating films that trigger dialogue on a range of national and international issues that are either neglected or marginalized.

Festivals and awards:
Sundance Film Festival, 2017
Chicago International Film Festival, 2017
Sarajevo Film Festival, 2017
Sheffield Film Festival, 2017