“Sinner In Mecca”: A Gay Muslim’s Story

“Islam is at war with itself, and I have fought hard not to be a casualty.” Vulnerable yet self-deprecating, film-maker Parvez Sharma sets out his position in the new autobiographical documentary “A Sinner in Mecca,” which premiered last week at HotDocs, North America’s largest documentary film festival. Parvez, who is gay and Muslim, has had death threats for making the film, leading to increased security at the festival screenings. The film explores Sharma’s complicated relationship with Islam as he embarks on the hajj, the devotional pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which all Muslims are required to make at least once.

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