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Mr. Sharma has created a swirling, fascinating travelogue and a stirring celebration of devotion.
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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. 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. On his journey Parvez aims to look beyond 21st-century Islam’s crises of religious extremism, commercialism and sectarian battles. 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.

Played at

Music Hall, 9.11.15 - 9.17.15
Rated NR
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 79 min
Language: English
FEATURED REVIEW: Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Stirring, sad, and at times truly frightening, director Parvez Sharma's vital, personal doc reveals the filmmaker's attempt at hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that it is the duty of Muslims to undertake once in a lifetime.There's much that's fascinating in Sharma's footage of believers...