Mr Gay Syria

International Panorama
Ayse Topra
France, Germany, Turkey
2017
84min
Arabic

Mahmoud, the founder of Syria’s LGBT movement, currently lives in Berlin as a refugee. Yet, he organizes "Mr. Gay Syria", a contest in Istanbul, to encourage LGBT refugees in Turkey to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Husein, also a Syrian refugee, works as a barber in Istanbul. He participates in the local contest with a small group of LGBT refugees, and wins. Will he achieve his dream of going to the Mr Gay World contest, or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?

Projections: 
11.16. Thursday 22:00
Művész
English & Hungarian Subtitles
11.17. Friday 16:00
Kino
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Producer: 
Antoine Simkine
Ekin Calisir
Christine Kiauk
Herbert Schwering
Co-producer: 
Les Films d’Antoine
COIN FILM
Toprak Film
Editor: 
Nadia Ben Rachid
Camera: 
Hajo Schomerus
Anne Misselwitz
Sound: 
Vincent Rozenberg
Music: 
Zeid Hamdan
Awards: 
Sarajevo Film Festival, Human Rights Arward (2017)
Special Jury Mention, 32nd Lovers Film Festival, Torino