Mr. Gay Syria

Ayse Toprak

Turkey, France, Germany 2017, 89 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English, Arabic, German

Subtitles: English

Syrian refugee Mahmoud Hassino organizes the very first Mr. Gay Syria contest in Istanbul. Hairdresser Husein is competing in the pageant, but is also leading a double life as a father and husband in a conservative Syrian family.

24 years old, Husein fled Syria with his family and is now working in downtown Istanbul cutting hair. One of his friends is Mahmoud Hassino, who fled Syria before him and now publishes the first Arabic gay magazine from his new home in Berlin. Homosexuality is a huge taboo in Syria, as it is in many Arabic countries. To generate more awareness of the plight of the Syrian LGBTI community, Hassino organizes the first Mr. Gay Syria contest, a kind of beauty pageant for gay men, with qualifying contests in all sorts of countries, culminating in the Mr. Gay Syria pageant on Malta.

Husein enters the contest, but is fighting an inner battle since his family and relatives have no clue about his homosexual identity. His participation could be a stepping stone towards a resident permit in a safe European country and a new life. But Husein loves his little daughter dearly and does not want to leave her behind. He is also worried about what will happen to him once his father discovers who he truly is.

Synopsis

Mr. Gay Syria has been selected for the Activist competition.

Credits

Productions:

Les Films d'Antoine

infos@lesfilmsdantoine.com

lesfilmsdantoine.com

World sales:

Taskovski Films

festivals@taskovskifilms.com

+33 6 79 23 53 74

www.taskovskifilms.com

Talkshows & debates

Mr. Gay Syria: Q&A with activist Mahmoud Hassino, Mr. Gay Netherlands and producer Ekin Çalışır

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 21:00

Q&A with Mr. Gay Netherlands Tom van den Nieuwenhuijzen, activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about the importance of the Mr. Gay competitions

Mr. Gay Syria: Q&A with activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 15:45

Q&A with activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about the film and the support for Syrian LGBT refugees.

Mr. Gay Syria: Q&A with activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 21:15

With moderator and journalist Linda Polman we will talk to activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about Mahmoud’s activism for Syrian LGBT’s.