The Markaz is proud to announce we will be cosponsoring the Los Angeles premiere of Parvez Sharma's daring new film, A Sinner in Mecca!
For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. Vice says: "Brilliant and rare...takes aim at Wahhabi Islam." 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. 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.
You can support the film's vital Indiegogo campaign here.
The film has received great critical acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter calls it "Wrenching...gritty...surreal and transcendent; Visceral and Abstract...an undeniable act of courage and hope. The Guardian notes it is "(told) with poetic simplicity...a delicately personal story and a call to action," and The Daily Beast lauds it for "Go[ing] undercover...a rare look...sure to be controversial."
Watch the trailer here:
- September 11, 2015 at 7pm – 9pm
The Laemmle Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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