Sinner in Mecca

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.
Genre
Documentary
Runtime
79
Language
English
Director
Parvez Sharma
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 circling the ...

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