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by Ayse Toprak


Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul, living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria's LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?

international title: Mr Gay Syria
original title: Mr Gay Syria
country: Turkey, France, Germany
sales agent: Taskovski Films
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Ayse Toprak
film run: 85'
release date: DE 6/09/2018, FR 22/01/2020
screenplay: Ayse Toprak
cinematography by: Hajo Schomerus
film editing: Nadia Ben Rachid
producer: Ekin Calisir, Christine Kiauk, Antoine Simkine
production: Les Films d'Antoine, Coin Film GmbH, Toprak Film (TR)
backing: NRW Film Fund (DE), Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (US), Antalya Film Forum (TR), The New Film Fund (TR), Meetings on the Bridge (TR), Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (DE)
distributor: Coin Film GmbH, Vendredi Distribution

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