A Sinner in Mecca
With director Parvez Sharma in person
Part of the series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc.
Dir. Parvez Sharma. 2015, 79 mins. Digital projeciton. For a gay filmmaker, making a movie 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. Sharma 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. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Aseem Chhabra, Festival Director of the New York Indian Film Festival.
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