Tickets: EUR 7.50

Venue: Xenon Kino, Kolonnenstr. 5-6, 10827 Berlin

Mr Gay Syria - Film <>
Turkey, France, Germany 2017
Dir: Ayse Toprak 84 min

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?

+ Introduction by Boris Dittrich (Advocacy Director LGBT rights, HRW <> Human Rights Watch)
+ Q&A following the screening with Mahmoud Hassino (protagonist)

Before the feature we will screen the short Scar Tissue Film <> by Nish Gera.

As the Syrian civil war rages, Sami has fled Damascus and now lives in Amsterdam. He hopes to make this city home and be able to live openly as a gay man. A casual hookup brings him close to Johan. Direct, self-assured and sensual - Johan embodies the spirit of this city. Over the course of a night, intimacy is accelerated and some unsettling secrets are revealed that will make Sami face the big questions once again. Where is home? Can he leave the past – and the ghosts that follow him from the past - behind?


Event in cooperation with Stichting art. 1 <>, International Queer & Migrant Film Festival <>, One World Berlin Human Rights Film Festival <> Funding: Botschaft der Niederlande in Deutschland <>, Erasmus+ <>

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