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A Sinner in Mecca: A Film by Parvez Sharma
 
Outfest Los Angeles Festival 2015
Sheffield Documentary Festival
hotdocs: Canadian international documentary film festival. Toronto.
Copenhagen International Film Festival
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
 

The daring new film
from the director of A Jihad for Love

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. 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.

❯ BRING US TO YOUR CAMPUS/COMMUNITY NOW!
❯ The New York Times Profile on Parvez

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THE NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' PICK!

“Mr. Sharma has created a swirling, fascinating travelogue and a stirring celebration of devotion….we emerge from his film more enlightened” - The New York Times

A Sinner in Mecca Poster!

This ancient cube shaped structure called the Kaaba is the beating heart of Islam. The Kaaba also lies at the heart of A SINNER IN MECCA. It is contained within the Masjid al Haram (The Sacred Mosque) in Makkah (present day Mecca). This is why we call ourselves Haram [sacred; sanctuary] Films and this is why we are proud to present this remarkable film that takes you to the very heart of Islam in Saudi Arabia.

The primary image in this slideshow represents the Tawaaf (circumambulation) of the Kaaba, done seven times, counter-clockwise. This circling has not stopped for more than fourteen centuries and is a ritual, which is central to the Hajj pilgrimage depicted in this film and forthcoming book.


“Mr. Sharma has created a swirling, fascinating travelogue and a stirring celebration of devotion….we emerge from his film more enlightened”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Wrenching… gritty… surreal and transcendent; Visceral and Abstract… a true act of courage and hope”
The Hollywood Reporter
“Challenging his own faith in the face of adversity”
The Los Angeles Times
“Complex… Revelatory…”
The Washington Post
“Next time you hear politicians or right-wing broadcasters asking why “moderate” Muslims don't denounce terrorism, show them this movie”
THE VILLAGE VOICE
“Combines the political, personal and spiritual in a remarkable way”
Thompson on Hollywood
“With poetic simplicity… a delicately personal story and a call to action”
The Guardian
“The talk of the documentary circuit…”
NBC News
“Takes its audience where no movie has gone before”
DAILY NEWS
“Goes Undercover… A Rare Look… Sure to be Controversial”
THE DAILY BEAST
“A work of vital political and social import”
SLANT MAGAZINE
“Brilliant… Rare… Takes aim at Wahhabi Islam…”
VICE
“Surreal… Bold… An incredibly rare insight…”
Paper Magazine
“A rebuke of Saudi Arabia”
YAHOO NEWS
“(a) death defying religious journey…”
New York Daily News
“Brave… An unprecedented exploration of Islam”
OUT Magazine
“…Like a carefully constructed thriller…”
THE ADVOCATE
THE ADVOCATE
“Powerful, Illuminating… a remarkable examination of contemporary Islam”
Indiewire
“A deeply warm-hearted ode to humanity”
ARTINFO
“Spectacular… Emotional core stands out…”
NOW Toronto
تکان دهنده و بی محابا
“Shocking and Courageous…”
BBC Persian
"A first-hand look at the Amazing Muslim Race..."
Globe and Mail
“Unprecedented… Surreal”
SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
“A deeply personal film about faith and forgiveness”
THE TORONTO STAR
“Deeply personal… High Drama… A protest against Saudi Arabia…”
Scroll India
"A perilous journey"
The Indian Express
قبح زدایی از عملکرد شنیع همجنس بازی … ضربه به اسلام
"The disgusting act of homosexuality… an attack on Islam"
Jahan News
“Nonfiction-filmmaking does not get much gutsier than Sharma video-documenting his hajj… Bold and stingingly truthful, A Sinner in Mecca is very highly recommended”
JB Spins
“Powerful…”
Daily Mail
“Moving… Brave… Visceral… Insightful…”
DocGeeks
“Meaningful… a testament to courage…”
Screen Daily
“(An) Audacious Act…”
CBC Radio