A Sinner in Mecca

A Sinner in Mecca

DVD - 2016
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Alive Mind, [2016]
Branch Call Number: BP188.14.H65 S
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,all regions,rda
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 23, 2017

This is a 79-minute documentary about a gay filmmaker's pilgrimage to Mecca.
In Saudi Arabia homosexuality is punishable by death.
Wow! It's a completely different culture viewed from non-Islamic part of the world.
How strange and amazing it is!

Nov 20, 2017

Definitively not for everyone. Do skip this if the description does not interest you. But ... unlike “Inside Mecca 2003” by National Geographic, this is an updated and uncensored version on Kaaba in Makkah (Mecca), produced by Parvez Sharmaa, a New Delhi born gay Muslim based in New York. Besides the detailed visual travelogue of the Hajj pilgrimage and side trips to Medina and Delhi, Sharma provided a steady flow of spiritual thoughts throughout his dangerous (see Note below) trek, on redemption and faith. Gay people of all faith should appreciate his extraordinary journey to reconcile his sexuality with his devotion to Islam: “I ask you, oh Prophet, is there a place in Islam for sinners like me?”

Note per wiki: On 24 September 2015 an event described as a "crush and stampede" caused deaths estimated at well over 2,000 pilgrims, suffocated or crushed during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The high number of deaths caused by the disaster make it the deadliest Hajj disaster in history. This film was released on Sep 4, 2015, weeks before the disaster.

Nov 28, 2016

Disconnected timeline is confusing. I watched it solely for the video of the people and places associated with the hadj.

May 14, 2016

Definitely, it's educational! Saudi Arabia had made the Mecca pilgrimage very uninviting! It had destroyed many important historical places, also! Tragic, really!
It's too bad that the Muslims put so much value to doing this pilgrimage!


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