A Sinner in Mecca
First screened in November 2015
Director: Parvez Sharma. Documentary about gay, Indian-born, Muslim filmmaker, recently married, making the required trip to Mecca as a test of his faith and a protest against Wahabi forms of Islam.
Gay Muslim visiting Saudi Arabia, already on scary ground, illegally films a hajj. Insights uneven, but so brave.
Form is conventional, even slightly scattershot, but risk is off the charts. Footage around the kabba and elsewhere on the pilgrimage is risky and illuminating. Thoughtful voiceover.
|Photo © 2015 Haram Films|
Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B