Mr. Gay Syria
Mr. Gay Syria
THE THURSDAY MAY 10 SCREENING IS PART OF RATED Y FOR YOUTH AND WILL INCLUDE A POST-FILM DISCUSSION.
CONSUMER PROTECTION BC CLASSIFICATION
Mr. Gay Syria (PG)
Twenty-four-year old Husein lives in exile. Along with his parents, wife, and young daughter, he was forced from his home in Syria to Istanbul, where he awaits possible asylum in Europe. But Husein’s is a double exile—estranged from his country by war, he is also estranged from his family because of who he is. Husein is gay. Unable to tell his family, he is forced to live a double life—finding another kind of refuge in the small but tight-knit gay community of Syrian refugees in Turkey. For Husein and his friends, the Gay World competition represents an opportunity to make visible their uniquely difficult situation. Having escaped war, they now face discrimination and repression from an increasingly intolerant Turkish regime. Berlin-based competition organizer Mahmoud Hassino devises the competition as a means to raise awareness about the plight of LGBTQ refugees. But for Husein, the visibility that comes from being named Mr. Gay Syria will mean revealing his true self to his family.
Director Ayse Toprak weaves together an intimate portrait of Husein’s life—delicately detailing his painful relationship with his family while showing the strength in community, and the powerful sense of belonging that is offered by Husein and his fabulous friends. In achieving this fine balance, Toprak reminds us that even in war, the freedom to live and love as we truly are remains fundamental to our humanity. -JC