Friday May 29, 2015
Sinner in Mecca chronicles gay filmmaker's audacious act
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Filming at the holy sites in Mecca is strictly forbidden. Sodomy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. And Parvez Sharma — a gay, Muslim filmmaker from the U.S. — has been publicly labelled an infidel.
Those three facts alone make Sharma's new documentary, A Sinner in Mecca, a high-risk rarity. He joins Friday guest host Gill Deacon to explain why he was compelled to document his journey to the Hajj, why he insists the film is not anti-Islam, and why he felt the need to "come out" as a Muslim.
WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for A Sinner in Mecca, which will screen at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto tomorrow.