Project Description

MR. GAY SYRIA

Documentary | TR/DE/FR (2017) | 87min

Husein lives as a hairdresser in Istanbul, Mahmoud works as a LGTB activist in Berlin. Both are gay and have fled Syria, but a special dream brings them together: As Muslims, they want to take part in the ‘Mr. Gay World’ competition for the first time in order to set an international standard for homosexuality in Islam. The result is an impressive story about love and homophobia in the Western and Muslim world. With MR GAY SYRIA, Turkish filmmaker Ayse Toprak has created a highly topical film about the courage, consistency and humour of her protagonists, for which she has been awarded international prizes at over 120 festivals.

Writer | Director: Ayse Toprak

Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid
Camera: Anne Misselwitz, Hajo Schomerus
Sound: Vincent Rozenberg
Producer: Antoine Simkine, Ekin Çalişir, Christine Kiauk, Herbert Schwering
Production: Les Films d’Antoine, Coin Film, Toprak Film
Distribution: Taskovski Films Ltd.

More Informationen: www.mrgaysyria-film.de

Awards

2018 Festival Mix Milano | Best Documentary
2018 IFEMA Film Festival | Audience Award
2018 Boston’s Wicked Queer FF | Best Documentary Jury Award
2018 Roze Filmdage Amsterdam | Best Documentary
2018 Zinegoak FF | Diversity and Human Rights Award
2017 Verzio IHRDFF | Special Mention for Human Rights Film
2017 Chéries Chéris Paris | Grand Prix
2017 Tirana IFF | Best European Documentary
2017 Sevilla FF | Ocana Award to Freedom
2017 Chicago IFF | Silver Hugo
2017 Sarajevo FF | Human Rights Award
2017 Lovers Film Festival Turin | Special Jury Mention

Filmstill Mr Gay Syria - DoP Anne Misselwitz
Filmstill Mr Gay Syria - DoP Anne Misselwitz
Filmstill Mr Gay Syria - DoP Anne Misselwitz
Filmstill Mr Gay Syria - DoP Anne Misselwitz
Filmstill Mr Gay Syria - DoP Anne Misselwitz
Filmstill Mr Gay Syria - DoP Anne Misselwitz