Winner of the Human Rights Award at the Sarajevo
International Film Festival and the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International
Film Festival. In focusing his attention on the competitors of Mr. Gay Syria,
director Ayse Toprak shatters the one-dimensional meaning of “refugee.” Using a
pageant as a means of escape from political persecution, the organizer Mahmoud
— already given asylum in Berlin — hopes to offer the winner a chance to travel
as well as bring international attention to the life-threatening situations
faced by LGBT Syrians.
What brings the subjects 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
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