Mr Gay Syria

Director: Ayse Toprak

Documentary | Gay | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 88 MINS | Germany, France, Turkey | 2017


‘A moving case for visibility in the face of hatred and violence.’
– Screen Daily

This documentary explores the plight of two Syrian gay refugees involved in the underground pageant Mr Gay Syria whilst living in exile. Young barber Husein struggles with his double life with a wife and baby daughter in the country and his gay life in the city of Istanbul, finding acceptance and his identity by competing in the pageant. Given asylum in Berlin, refugee Mahmoud organises Mr Gay Syria to offer the winner a chance to travel to Mr Gay World, trying to bring international attention to the life-threatening situations faced by LGBTI Syrians. Turkish filmmaker Ayse Toprak’s inspiring documentary shows a side of the refugee crisis rarely portrayed in cinemas, offering visibility as a vital weapon in the face of oppression, and a powerful look at those risking it all to be themselves.

Courtesy: Taskovski Films

Arabic with English subtitles

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